Johnny Cash tribute is sure to impress at the Golden Legion

Johnny Cash is set to make an appearance at the legion in Golden, performing on February 13.

Philip Bauer is taking his guns to town, and will be here in the Flesh and Blood, performing as Johnny Cash. He will Walk the Line right down the Trans-Canada Highway to make an appearance in Golden after sold-out shows in Kamloops.

Bauer once worked as a salesman by day and a musician by night in his home town of Oklahoma City.

He knew he was destined to be a successful entertainer, he just didn’t know how. But fate, like money, has a way of changing everything.

While playing in a local jazz trio, Bauer began doing impersonations of famous stars.

Sometimes, just for fun, he would try them out on the audience. Audiences loved them, especially his take on Johnny Cash, so they became a regular part of the show.

A career as a tribute artist wasn’t part of Bauer’s plan, until fate intervened. One night when he was in fine Johnny Cash form, someone recorded the show and uploaded it to YouTube. The result was something akin to “country music history.”

E-mails and phone calls started pouring in offering good paying personal appearances.

That was the push Bauer needed. Suddenly his salesman job was out the window and he was out the door – on his way to an exciting career as a world famous Johnny Cash tribute artist.

Since 2008, Bauer has been constantly on the road between Branson, Las Vegas, Chicago, Los Angeles, and more. Plus tours of Australia, Canada and Mexico. But, his favourite moment was when he was invited to appear on AXS TV’s “World’s Greatest Tribute Bands,” where he proved his mettle as a true world class entertainer.

Johnny would have been proud.

He has the steely look and gravelly voice of Johnny Cash. But more importantly, Bauer performs Cash’s songs in the casual, seemingly effortless way that made “the man in black” such an important musical icon. Some of the songs featured in the show are I Walk The Line, A Boy Named Sue, Folsom Prison Blues, and Ring Of Fire.

Every one a fitting tribute to the late J.R. Cash.

On Wednesday, February 13, Bauer brings his show to Golden, for an open concert at The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #122. For tickets, call Randy Hamilton, at 250-344-0069.

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