May 19th: The Story Of Johnny Cash

May 19th: The Story Of Johnny Cash

On September 12, 2003 American roots legend Johnny Cash passed away.  Johnny's wife, June Carter Cash, preceded him in death by only four months.  The world has lost both Johnny and the beloved June Carter Cash.  Since their passing millions more enchanted listeners have been added to their fan base as evidenced by record setting sales of CD’s, videos and the popularity of the movie Walk the Line.


In honor of these legends of American Roots music The Story of Johnny Cash will be presented at Carpinteria Plaza Playhouse Theater; a ninety minute plus show featuring Jimmie & Black Train, with Jimmie Ray as Johnny, Cyndi Cantrell as June Carter, and their band, Black Train with Cliff Edwards, Dennis Figueroa, Joel Doswell, Jerry Kirell, and special musical guest, local to Carpinteria, Mark Brickley.


Something magical happens when the first notes of "Folsom Prison Blues" are heard and Jimmie begins, "I hear the train a comin'...." Or, Cyndi delivers a heart rending version of June singing, "Take the ribbon from my hair…”  Together, Jimmie and Cyndi kick in to the always crowd pleasing: "We got married in a fever...." This Tribute appeals to audiences of all ages. As the music and singing progresses audiences are transported back through time where they experience what they might have seen, felt or heard during an actual Johnny & June concert of the past. There is just something everyone loves about Johnny Cash - The Music, The Man, the Memories.  This show is filled with the ageless music of Johnny and June and so much more. It is a musical journey from Johnny’s days in the Arkansas cotton fields up through and including the very last song he wrote and recorded, Like the 309.  Hits such as Folsom Prison Blues, Jackson, Ring of Fire and so many more will be performed during this show. 


Jimmie Ray’s Tribute to Johnny Cash has been presented at a variety of Performing Art Centers across the country. Over 20 appearances on the world famous Fremont Experience of Las Vegas; Yuma Territorial Prison. NASCAR & NFR Events, Festivals and Fairs and much more. In many cases their shows have been sold out.


The Story of Johnny Cash will be presented at one show only, Saturday, May 19th. The Black Train prelude will be at 7:30 pm with Wildwood (all original music of Black Train members) and the main show will start at 8:00 pm sharp. The Carpinteria Plaza Playhouse Theater was built in 1928. There is limited seating so tickets, $15 general, and more information can be obtained online at or by calling 805.684.6380. Additional information at


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