Review: The Johnny Cash Roadshow – Sin & Redemption Tour

The Johnny Cash Roadshow rolled into The Royal Concert Hall Nottingham. A  musical tribute to the legendary “Man in Black,” the show features the stunning and uncannily soundalike vocals of musician Clive John.

The Sin & Redemption Tour is a celebration of Johnny Cash’s life and music. The show takes you on a journey through Cash’s career, from his early hits like “I Walk the Line” and “Folsom Prison Blues” to his time with The Highwaymen and his later  darker more troubled material  such as the fantastic “Hurt” and “God’s Gonna Cut You Down.” The show is a perfect blend of old and new, with classic Cash songs mixed in with some, less commercially known tracks.

Clive John pays homage to Cash in his warming unique way, alongside his iconic wife June Carter (Meghan Thomas) with an emotional roller-coaster through Cash’s career. One which spanned an impressive 49 years. Tough then to filter down into a 2 hour set. Clive interacts with the audience throughout the show, telling stories about Cash’s life and music that add to the overall experience.

The 4 piece harmony band of musicians flawlessly recreate the sound of Cash’s band, with tight rhythms and twangy guitar riffs that had the audience tapping their feet and singing along to every song. The band also shines during their instrumental interludes, showcasing their individual talents and keeping the audience engaged. We were also treated to Clive’s own composition, ‘September’. Written and recorded in the style of Johnny Cash, it was a hit for Clive on the indie country chart.

The use of video projections throughout the show adds an extra layer of depth, with footage of Cash’s life and performances playing behind the band. Clive also told us how the harmonicas he played were in fact those which had belonged to Cash. What an honour.

A must-see for fans of Johnny Cash’s music. Clive John and his band deliver a performance that is both authentic and entertaining, capturing the spirit of Cash’s music and legacy. If you have the chance to see the show, don’t miss

By Tanya Louise

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