Musicians in Winston-Salem to pay tribute to Johnny Cash

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Johnny Cash in 1969.

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — On Friday and Saturday, a dozen bands will pay tribute to the Man in Black during the 13th annual “Cash Bash,” at The Garage in Winston-Salem. Each band will play selected songs by Johnny Cash and other tunes, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.

Though Cash was a quintessential man’s man, his music appeals to women as well, with songs about regret, heartbreak and rough times that anyone can empathize with.

“Johnny Cash is up there on the favorites list,” said Sarah Shook, the lead singer of Pittsboro’s Sarah Shook and the Disarmers, one of the bands playing at this year’s Cash Bash. But for the first few years of her music career — or, as she calls it, her “misadventures in music” — she declined to perform cover versions of other artists’ songs.

“I felt it was disrespectful to the songwriter,” she said. “I adjusted that viewpoint to a well-done cover actually honoring the songwriter, and the first cover I taught myself was Johnny Cash’s rendition of ‘Long Black Veil.’”

Read full story: The Winston-Salem Journal

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