Rick McKay

JOHNNY CASH REVISITED

RICK McKAY - as Johnny Cash

Hello, I'm Rick McKay.

Hmmm, doesn't quite have the same ring to it does it? Oh well……

Welcome to our brand new site for JOHNNY CASH REVISITED. It's a brand new website too, so please be patient while we build up the info on our pages here. In the coming months we’ll start to keep a good up to date record of everything we do and post it all around our site for you to see. Who knows, if you're at one of our shows before that happens you may even end up seeing yourself on here....scary huh?

The first thing I want to say about the show itself is that I am, first and foremost, a genuine Johnny Cash fan and not just someone looking for a way to “cash” in (excuse the pun) - I haven't always been a tribute artist, in fact I've kind of avoided it up till now so as I could concentrate on my own show and play my own songs. Yeah, I know, we'd all love to do that, and I've been pretty lucky with it; but I still love to play all that ol' classic rock 'n' roll, Country, and by entering the world of “tribute acts” I’m still able to do the rest as well so it’s all worked out really well for me.  Ring Of Fire CoverAlso, as a youngster I grew up with the sounds of Johnny Cash – my parents played hardly anything else but his albums and my first attempts at singing were in the bathroom, playing to a mirror – so Johnny Cash was in fact a big part in why I went into music in the first place!

I started out in bands and moved to theatre in 1987 when I landed the role of "Young Elvis" in "Forever Elvis" and I guess it was then that I discovered I had a knack of being able to sing in ‘different voices’ – if you see what I mean?  I loved it. The music was great and later I got to record an album of my own songs, and in doing that I discovered "New Country" as well.  When I moved to Nashville in 1994 it was a fantastic experience and one that I will never forget - added to which I gained a priceless insight into the American Country scene, how things are done over there, and generally learning the other side of the business.  As time went by though I found out that, despite my love of working & living in the USA, I really missed my family and friends, and so I decided to return to England and resume my career over here.

1998 saw the release of "I Walk The Line (Revisited)" by Rodney Crowell with Johnny Cash as a guest artist, singing the verses from his legendary hit. It was a double-whammy for me as Rodney Crowell is one of my all-time favourite singer/songwriters and here he was doing a duet with the man himself! Unashamedly, I stole the song, added it to my own set list, and since Johnny wouldn't return my calls asking him to join me on stage in Selsey (?) I decided to try and impersonate him.  Now it wasn't the first time I'd done this, I'd been singing along to Johnny Cash for years and in the privacy of my home, pretending it was me at Folsom Prison. I wasn’t prepared for the reaction the song got, and in particular the reaction to my Johnny Cash impression, but I enjoyed it enough to keep it in my show as a kind of party piece, and even extended it to a couple of other Johnny Cash songs over the years. Ever since then people have told me "You should do a Johnny Cash tribute show".At Folsom Prison Cover

As I said at the beginning of this now quite long blog entry I’ve always been a Johnny Cash fan. "At Folsom Prison" was the first LP I ever wore out through playing it over and over. But now I have not only his Sun recordings and his Columbia recordings to choose from, I have his great and IMHO underrated Mercury recordings ("The Mystery Of Life" CD is one of my all-time favourites) and all of his powerful work for American Recordings.

Making the decision to put the show together was easy. The only part of this that was in any way difficult was deciding, from all the great songs Johnny Cash had recorded, which ones do we put in the show?  Well, we took the easiest route we could. We picked all his classic songs and biggest hits, added a few little self-indulgences and here it is: JOHNNY CASH REVISITED.  We really hope you'll come and see the show and that you have as much fun as we do.

See you soon,

Rick