Johnny Cash tribute to San Quentin days

Star of the acclaimed Johnny Cash Live show Daniel Thompson will be lighting up the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre later this month.
Star of the acclaimed Johnny Cash Live show Daniel Thompson will be lighting up the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre later this month.

Fifty years ago iconic figure Johnny Cash recorded the second of his legendary prison albums at California's notorious prison, San Quentin, cementing his place in music history.

During the February 24 recording session, he got the enthusiastic inmates on side with his song 'San Quentin' which opens with the lyrics "San Quentin, you've been a living hell to me", a song immediately replayed at the request of a cheering audience.

Now Australia's own man in black Daniel Thompson is getting ready to pay tribute to Cash and his music in Bunbury later this month, with the powerhouse backing band, The Tennessee Express.

Stage-show Back to San Quentin will celebrate 50 years since the release of the legendary album which included worldwide smash hit single, 'A Boy Named Sue', a tune which catapulted Cash to global stardom and a household name.

The show will light up the stage at the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre on June 30.

Thompson will perform more than 35 hits from the 50-year-old album as well as other Cash greatest hits from throughout his career.

"I think it was the most significant album in Jonny Cash' career to be honest," he said.

"This album really did make him a world-wide superstar - he became a household name and cemented his place at the top.

"There are some really nice parts of the show and I'm really pleased with how it's being received."

Thompson said the show would also include June Carter and some of the dynamic duos most well-known hits.

"We love singing the duets and we found some lovely songs in the catalogue," he said.

"We love playing in Bunbury - it will be our fifth time, the theatre is beautiful."

"We are paying tribute to Johnny Cash and his music, he never tried to hide, if he had problems he would write a song about it."

For more information visit bunburyentertainment.com.