Studio Tenn Theatre Company gets rhythm this February with an all-new original production celebrating the music of the legendary Johnny Cash. “The Cash Legacy: A Musical Tribute to the Man in Black” opens February 19 at The Factory’s Jamison Hall, located at 230 Franklin Road. Presented by Firestone, the show runs through March 1st–including a performance on Johnny Cash’s birthday, Thursday February 26th. Performances are held at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Studio Tenn Managing Director Jake Speck said the creation of “The Cash Legacy” was spurred by the success of the company’s first original production in 2013, featuring the music of Hank Williams. “Thanks to the overwhelmingly enthusiastic response to ‘The Hank Legacy’ from audiences, critics and the greater Nashville music industry and community, we are thrilled to continue this new Studio Tenn tradition of honoring Music City legends,” he said.
Through an innovative musical revue format, an ensemble of singers and instrumentalists will present the Man in Black’s colorfully Americana catalog in all its glorious shades of rockabilly, country, Gospel, blues and folk–including timeless classics “Folsom Prison Blues,” “The Man in Black,” “I Walk the Line,” “A Boy Named Sue,” “Jackson,” “It Ain’t Me Babe” and dozens more.
But while the framework of “The Cash Legacy” harks back to its Hank-inspired predecessor, Artistic Director Matt Logan notes that its music requires a different treatment: the bones of Hank Williams’ songwriting transcended genrefication – “this is essentially what our ‘Legacy’ series is all about,” Logan said–but the trappings of Williams’ output were foremost country-western. “However, in the case of Johnny Cash, there are many different tones and traditions in his music, by his own doing,” Logan said. “Where we injected stylistic variety into Hank Williams songs to showcase their universality, we have only to tease out and amplify the stylistic diversity that Johnny Cash’s catalog already embraces.”
Born in Depression-era Arkansas, Cash became famous for his rumbling baritone, rebellious spirit, prison concerts and of course, persistently dark wardrobe. His prolific career spanned more than fifty years and produced nearly twice as many albums. The last performance of his life took place at the 2002 awards ceremony of the Americana Music Association (AMA)–a fellow tenant of The Factory at Franklin, with offices just steps away from Studio Tenn.
AMA Director Jed Hilly said he’s excited that his Studio Tenn neighbors are paying tribute to an Americana mainstay in a fresh and powerful way. “Studio Tenn’s professionalism and artistry combined with such legendary, celebrated music as that of Johnny Cash is a recipe for greatness,” he said. “I cannot wait to experience ‘The Cash Legacy,’ and I’m so proud that it’s taking place right here in our community.”
To purchase tickets, please visit StudioTenn.com or call #888-664-6462.