Tribute to Johnny Cash coming to Civic Theatre

Published 12:00 am Saturday, February 10, 2007

The Albert Lea Civic Theatre is presenting a tribute to Johnny Cash on Feb. 23 and 24. Both shows will be at 7:30 p.m.

Featured artist is Bill Dewey.

He will be performing with his band &8220;The Dynammics.&8221;

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Audiences will hear all the classic Johnny Cash tunes, including &8220;Folsom Prison Blues,&8221; &8220;One Piece at a Time,&8221; &8220;Sunday Morning Coming Down&8221;

and &8220;A Boy Named Sue.&8221;

Dewey is familiar to many people in the area.

He played at the &8220;1950s in February&8221; at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, where he performed his tribute to Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper.

The tribute show gave Dewey national attention &8212; enough attention that, for a time, he was slated to portray Ritchie Valens in a movie about the Big Bopper.

Dewey was especially influenced by Johnny Cash from the start.

As a child, he wore out several toy guitars pretending to be a singer like Cash. &8220;For years I had been developing my voice by singing along with my Johnny Cash and Statler Brothers records,&8221; he said.

He picked up more and more musical influences through out this time period &8212; from singers and musicians like Willie Nelson and Dwight Yoakam, to Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens. Ironically, on his very first visit to Nashville, he met his lifelong idol, Johnny Cash. This was a meeting that would change his professional life.

Tickets are available at Celebrations in downtown Albert Lea. They are

$15 for adults and $10 for seniors and students.

Tickets are general admission.

For more information, call Patrick Rasmussen at the Civic Theatre, 377-4372.