The Man in Black is Back

Johnny Cash H  Ford-300dpiWCNL 1010 Country Radio and The Common Man Inn in association with Claremont Opera House welcome the return of Harold Ford and the Cash Band.  The Spirit of Johnny Cash comes alive at the historic Claremont Opera House Friday, February 19, 8pm when Harold Ford and the Cash Band take the stage.  Mr. Ford’s performance as a Johnny Cash tribute artist is exceptional.  His striking resemblance to Mr. Cash elevates him to a class of his own.  Back by popular demand: When one of the COH Tech personnel saw Mr. Ford he was taken by his resemblance to Johnny Cash and was equally impressed when he began to sing. “There’s hundreds of Johnny Cash impersonators, but you’re [Harold] different. I LIKED what I SAW!”- Tommy Cash 9/30 /14
(referencing Harold’s show).  Harold Ford says, “The members of the Cash Band and I strive to remain true to the humanity that was such an important part of Johnny Cash music.”   It is with great reverence for Johnny Cash, that I am inspired to continue his music and keep his torch burning with this tribute.  The human struggles, challenges, and humorous adventures which Johnny Cash sang about are as prevalent today as they were throughout his career, which spanned over three generations of devoted listeners.  The members of Ford’s band strive to remain true to the humanity that was such an important part of Johnny Cash’s music.  The mission of Harold Ford is to carry on the spirit, message, and music of Johnny Cash.  Johnny Cash’s music is presented in an informal ensemble of songs, spanning his entire career, creating a concert very similar to what Johnny would have produced and performed. True to Johnny’s style of showcasing guest artists and sharing the stage, you will hear The Highwaymen and Carter family songs as well as Statler brother harmonies recreated.

Laura Lucy as June Carter embodies June’s playful nature as she wraps the audience around her little finger. The endearing harmonies of Johnny and June come alive.

The Cash Band, an extraordinarily talented team of four musicians/vocalists recreate the sounds of Johnny Cash’s rhythm section.

From the distinct lead guitar of Luther Perkins (Sten Isachsen) to the upright slap bass of Marshall Grant (Mitch Throop), the rolling drums of W.S. Holland (Peter Maine) and the solid rhythm of Les Wheeler’s acoustic guitar expect a brilliant sound.

As every note unfolds, audiences sit mesmerized by the performance of Harold Ford and leave stunned.  This is a remarkable and memorable show that has performed to audiences in the US, Canada, Europe and beyond.

What people are saying: “ . . . with a deep, bass-baritone voice and mournful eyes, Harold Ford could be the doppelganger of “The Man in Black” . . . isn’t a Johnny Cash impersonator. For Ford, singing like Cash just comes naturally. For years, people have told the singer that he looks and sounds like the country music legend . . . ”Cash is Still King article PostStar, 9/11/09 written by Doug Gruse

” . . . eerie physical and vocal resemblance to Johnny Cash, and for those who haven’t yet witnessed his performance, let me assure you that there is something there. Just a casual conversation . . . shows that this is not a Vegas-style actor; he breathes, speaks and goes to the store this way – the singing is almost the coup-de-grace and you are the beneficiary.” “Cash-Bashes” all over the region article Saratoga Today, 02/26/10 written by Arthur Gonick

Catch the Spirit of Johnny Cash, Friday, February 19, 8pm.  Tickets, $20, can be purchased in person at the Opera House box office, by phone at 603-542-4433, the night of the show, or online at Online Handling fee will apply.

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