I like Johnny Cash as much as anyone, but I never got the chance to see him perform live.
In a certain way, it might be fun to see a good Cash tribute band. It wouldn’t make up for having never seen Johnny in person, of course, but it could still be fun to get together with a bunch of other people in a concert setting and appreciate his music. Tribute bands aren’t the only way to do that – many acts cover Cash in their live shows – but a whole concert of his music? If the band didn’t suck, I might like it.
Still, the number of Cash tribute acts available for hire makes me uncomfortable. A quick Google search turned up the ten acts below; I’m sure there are others further down the list, and more still without an internet presence. Presumably, all these acts were not around before Johnny’s passing in 2003. Regardless of when they formed, their present success – to whatever extent they enjoy success – is undeniably built on the posthumous Cash-mania in popular culture.
I can’t divine anyone’s intentions, but there has never been a better time to be paying tribute to Johnny Cash.
Paying respects or cashing in on a trend? What’s your take?