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The Johnny Folsom 4 Will Pay Tribute to Johnny Cash and His TV Show on Nov. 18th at the Clayton Center

The Johnny Folsom 4 includes (from left) David Burney (guitar and lead vocals), Randy Benefield (drums), Joey Ward (bass), and David Gresham (lead guitar)

The Johnny Folsom 4 includes (from left) David Burney (guitar and lead vocals), Randy Benefield (drums), Joey Ward (bass), and David Gresham (lead guitar)

The Clayton Center Auditorium & Conference Center will present The Johnny Folsom 4, who pay tribute to John R. “Johnny” Cash (1932-2003) and “The Johnny Cash Show” (1969-71), at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 18th. Musical guests Joe Newberry, Steve Howell, Ciera Norman, Kim Newton, and the incomparable Eleanor Jones will The Johnny Folsom 4 in paying homage to the legendary Man in Black.

According to the Raleigh First Night 2010 website:

“From ‘A Boy Named Sue’ to ‘Ring of Fire,’ four of Raleigh’s favorite musical sons pay tribute to the Man in Black with The Johnny Folsom 4. True to the Mr. Cash’s poetic spirit, the JF4 promises an honest and entertaining performance for fans of all ages.

“Lead singer David Burney brings a lilting Southern baritone to Cash’s classic songs, which hits the mark well enough that you may wonder on occasion if Johnny, himself, is in the building. David Gresham more than meets the challenge of filling in for Luther and Carl Perkins on those classic guitar licks. And Joey Ward (bass) and Randy Benefield (drums) provide the hallmark, train-like driving rhythm the whole world loves. And when the boys are living right, the remarkable Miss Eleanor Jones joins in on those classic Johnny and June duets; hotter than a pepper sprout!

“When it comes to honoring Johnny Cash, [The Johnny Folsom 4] walks the line.”

In covering The Johnny Folsom 4, Hunter Elliott of Matter of Fact Art writes, “As far as creating the essence of a Johnny Cash show, these fellas have got it together”; Mollie Doll of The O’Dollie Observer notes; “[David Burney] Embodies Cash in every way: even height!”; and Rick Cornell of The Independent Weekly claims The Johnny Folsom 4 is “as comfortable as anyone can covering the Man in Black …. [T]he Cash catalog is in excellent hands.”

SECOND OPINION: Aug. 11, 2011 Raleigh, NC Matter of Fact Art blog review by Hunter Elliott:; and Nov. 20, 2010 Durham, NC Independent Weekly mini-preview by Rick Cornell:

The Clayton Center Auditorium & Conference Center presents THE JOHNNY FOLSOM 4 at 8 p.m. Nov. 18 at 111 E. Second St., Clayton, North Carolina 27528.


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The Johnny Folsom 4: (official website and song samples).

Johnny Cash: (official website) and (Wikipedia).

“The Johnny Cash Show”: (Wikipedia).


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