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Daniel Thompson returns to Tasmania this year with the National 2017 tour of his popular Johnny Cash tribute show. This year sees Daniel and Tassie’s own Stuie French (indeed when I thank Daniel for always including Tassie in his tour he says he has too because for Stuie it is coming home!) bringing the concept show to another level when they canvas the music from the bio pic of Cash ‘Walk the line’.

The Oscar winning movie brought a new younger audience to the music of Cash that may not have appreciated his music before and so Daniel’s show is hoping to engage with that new audience as well as the already converted!

I spoke to Daniel last week about the upcoming tour and how he initially began the tribute. Daniel says he started out as a regular singer but with his Cash sounding voice it was a natural progression that he would eventually be encouraged to do a Johnny Cash tribute show.

Daniel doesn’t deliberately imitate Cash in appearance but having watched many performances and interviews with the singer he has seamlessly incorporated the gestures and nuances of Cash into his performance.

From the start Daniel has had a great response to his interpretation of Cash. We discuss Cash’s continuing popularity and consider that some of his appeal maybe because of his ability to talk about both his strengths and flaws. It was easy for the ordinary man and woman to relate to him. Cash’s passion for speaking up for those that lacked a voice also endeared him to his audiences.

Accompanying Daniel in this production will be Stuie French and Golden Guitar winner, Camille Te Nahu performing as June Carter as well as others.

The tour heads to Tasmania for the following dates:

Burnie Town Hall – Thursday June 1
Wrest Point Casino Hobart – Friday June 2
Country Club Launceston – Saturday June 3