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Wednesday, April 18: Folsom Prism


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"Hello. I'm Johnny Cash." That was enough of an introduction for the country legend himself, but Cash's legacy has surpassed that simplicity.  Johnny Cash was pure America: a giant of a songwriter, a living encyclopedia of American music, and - with guitarist Luther Perkins, bass player Marshall Grant and producer Sam Phillips -helped invent the Sun sound. Fiercely independent, Cash embraced the anti-Vietnam war movement, sang with Dylan, bonded with prison culture and the underclass. His last three records mixed traditional songs, originals and contemporary punk covers resulting in a body of work that is vulnerable and strong at the same time. Cash's work embodies both the American spirit and those left out of the American Dream with heart and wisdom.

If imitation is indeed the sincerest form of flattery, then Folsom Prism dispatches flowery love letters to the Man in Black every time the band performs. State Farm agent and Taco Bell enthusiast frontman Corey Wilkins for the Tacoma-based Johnny Cash tribute band rumbles his way to a pitch-perfect imitation of the legendary songsmith. Armed with a repertoire from Cash's Sun Records to his American Recordings, this high-energy band brings the highwayman's spirit to life.

[Jazzbones, 9 p.m., no cover, 2803 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, 253.396.9169]

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