BLUEFIELD – All Johnny Cash fans in the area should take note, as one of the best tribute artists in the business brings classic Cash songs to the Granada Theater for the venue’s first musical concert in decades.
Alabama-based singer/musician Gray Sartin’s show, Johnny Cash Now, will be on stage Friday, March 18 from 7-9 p.m.
The show honors the memory of Cash, one of America’s musical icons, by playing songs from all three phases of his career, including hits from the 50s, 60s, 70s and 90s.
Sartin honors Cash’s memory not only by playing the songs, but also by using the vintage-style instruments from the original show.
“We try to trigger memories that people want to relive,” Sartin said in his biography.
The singer has had a versatile life, earning a bachelor’s degree from Jacksonville State and a master’s degree from Georgia State.
He started playing at age 5 by appearing in a car commercial, and he started playing guitar at age 10. At 19, he won a comedy contest by impersonating Rodney Dangerfield.
Sartin has been performing professionally as a singer and guitarist for 21 years.
In 2011, he created the Johnny Cash tribute show Now and began performing across the country.
The Johnny Cash Now tribute show will include a tribute to Cash and Waylon Jennings. People will hear the most famous and recognizable songs.
The show is made up of professional musicians from Nashville and has traveled across the United States
Cash, also known as “The Man in Black”, died in 2003 and was one of the best-selling artists of all time, selling 90 million records worldwide. He has played many genres of music, from country and rock to blues and gospel.
Presented by Bluefield Arts and Revitalization Corp., tickets for the show are $25 and can be purchased at bluefieldgranada.com and can also be purchased in person during movie showings at the theater or at the Movie Scoops Gelato Shop adjacent to the theater on Monday at Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Granada Theater reopened in August 2021 after a massive renovation project that cost over $3 million. The historic theatre, which opened in 1928, had been closed since the late 1970s and has seen performers like Frank Sinatra on stage before.
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