Johnny Cash tribute singer's voice packs a punch

BLACK: Daniel Thompson will present the music of the Man in Black, the late Johnny Cash, in his show at the Northern Festival Centre.

BLACK: Daniel Thompson will present the music of the Man in Black, the late Johnny Cash, in his show at the Northern Festival Centre.

The voice smacks you right on the forehead.

Deep baritone-bass, Johnny Cash - or should I say, Daniel Thompson - is talking on the phone.

Tribute performer Thompson is a long-standing admirer of country music's late Man in Black.

When told he sounds like the real article, he replies: "I should have by now."

He has been singing for a decade and touring in his Cash tribute show for seven years. He will perform in Back To San Quentin at the Northern Festival Centre on Friday, July 26.

He sings such classics as A Boy Named Sue, Folsom Prison Blues, Ring of Fire, I Walk The Line and Hurt, a song originally made popular by Nine Inch Nails.

In Hurt, the world-weary Cash/Thompson looks at how he has treated people.

"It was incredible what he was able to get out of that song and sell that to a younger audience," Thompson said.

"He was 70 years old when he recorded that. It was pretty extraordinary."

It was Cash's final single before his death in 2003.

"Johnny was kind to all sorts of people. He was a guy who stood up for things," Thompson said.

"When he saw something wrong, he was not afraid to speak up about it.

"He had his problems as well, but he was able to overcome those things with the help of his wife June Carter.

"Early in the 1960s, he made a whole album drawing attention to native Americans and their plight when it was not popular to do that.

"He took up prisoners' rights. They were still people in his eyes.

"He spoke up about it or wrote a song about it.

"I never got the chance to meet him unfortunately, but in some ways I feel that I have.

"You have to wear the black suit."

DETAILS

When: Friday, July 26, at 8pm

Where: Northern Festival Centre, Gertrude Street, Port Pirie

Tickets: Available at the box office or phone the centre on 8633 8500

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