The Gospel of Johnny Cash
Johnny Cash is an American icon whose
music transcended norms, genres and expectations.
Often landing outside the mainstream country music
establishment, Cash touched millions of individuals
the world over with honest, stark descriptions of
everyday life; referred to here with great reverence
as the Gospel of Johnny Cash.
A Band Named Sue was born and raised in the Church
of Rock & Roll and is on a mission to bring the sounds
of Johnny Cash to the poor and uncultured masses.
Formed in 2005, the band has created ingenious covers
of classic Johnny Cash tunes. A Band Named Sue crafts
more than just music, they strive to provide a spiritual
experience with each and every performance.
Frontman Jason Haddock (vocals, guitar), was born
169 miles from Johnny Cash's hometown of Dyess, Arkansas,
and delivers the message with a fervent intensity.
Brainwashed on Cash's music at a young age, Haddock
seems resigned to his calling with unquestioning acceptance,
as if summoned by the Lord God Himself (the initials
JC seem no mere coincidence).
Haddock is aided in this endeavor by faithful disciples
to the Cash Gospel: Denver natives Joel Schneider
(bass, vocals), Brian (Don't Take Your Drums to Town)
Topkoff (drums) and Miss Jody Rodney (vocals, guitar).
Schneider and Topkoff, who too spent their formative
years exposed to the stark, punk ethic pioneered by
Cash, effortlessly match a rockabilly bass line to
a blistering, stripped down cadence. Together they
add a distinct edge to this no frills tribute to the
Man in Black.
Rounding out the line-up is Miss Jody. Not just another
Denver native raised on Johnny and June, she is the
vocal definition of clarity and warmth, delivering
superb June Carter and backing vocals, and adding
a new but classic element to songs you thought you
knew, but will hear again for the first time.
A Band Named Sue is ready and available to deliver
the Gospel of Johnny Cash from any pulpit. Their set
list contains a wide range of classic Johnny Cash
hits, many of the more obscure selections and a wide
array of the Johnny Cash and June Carter duets. Catch
them live, and be ready for the conversion.