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Monday, July 9, 2012

Mighty Cash Cats Bring Music Of 'The Man In Black' To Norwood Library In The IE

Mighty Cash Cats performing at Norwood Library in El Monte; they return to play on Saturday, July 21 at 2 p.m. Mighty Cash Cats front man and band leader Michael J. goes behind the scenes and tells "the rest of the story" about the Man In Black, presenting a musical workshop about the roots of Johnny Cash's music including the Carter Family, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, and Sun Records. The Mighty Cash Cats were recently featured on Germany's RTL Punkd 12 reality TV show.


Performing At Norwood Library In El Monte - Saturday, July 21

(EL MONTE, CA) - Everyone knows the popular culture image of Johnny Cash - the hard-living, defiant "rockabilly country rockin' rebel" and the iconic photo of Cash's middle finger salute.

On Saturday, July 21 at 2 p.m., at the Norwood Library in El Monte, Mighty Cash Cats front-person Michael Jay and his musical partner. vocalist/bassist Leticia, will present their world-renown Tribute To Johnny Cash and tell the "rest of the story." He will go behind the myth and music of the "Man In Black" and present a musical workshop about the roots of Cash's music including the Carter Family, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins. Roy Orbison, and Sun Records. Michael J will tell stories about how Cash defied the Country music establishment and wrote songs about the plight of Native Americans, prisoners, and the downtrodden, giving a voice to the voiceless. Included will be humorous tunes like a "By Named Sue" as well as Johnny Cash/June Carter duets such as "Jackson." These library shows usually encompass a wide demographic, ranging from Elementary-aged students and their parents to Teens and Seniors.

The Norwood Library is located at 4550 N. Peck Rd., El Monte. Admission is free. Info: (626) 443-3147 or

In Other Mighty Cash Cats News:

When top-rated German television reality program RTL Punkd 12 recently sought a live touring band in the U.S. to profile, they looked no further than Ventura County's own Mighty Cash Cats. The German TV show had seen a glowing live review of the 'Cats dead-on Johnny Cash tribute show, and with The Man In Black still hugely popular throughout Europe, the Mighty Cash Cats were an easy choice.

Other Upcoming Mighty Cash Cats Special Events:

A special "Johnny Cash Cruise" sailing out of Ventura Harbor on Saturday, July 28; headlining show at Sutter Creek Theater (just outside Sacramento) Saturday, August 4; and an appearance at the always-popular Sonoma County Fair Sunday, August 5 (on the Park Stage at 6:00, 7:15, and 8:15 p.m.).

What The Press Is Saying About Mighty Cash Cats:

"Michael J Smith leads the performance playing a black acoustic guitar. It is impossible not to be drawn to the bass texture of his voice -- and his physical and aural resemblance to Johnny Cash is practically eerie. The Mighty Cash Cats are purely live entertainment for a live audience. They know how to talk to the crowd and manuver their instruments and voice to create a body of sound for each song, no matter the genre or mood. They closed with Cash's Orange Blossom Special to raucous applause." MUSIC CONNECTION MAGAZINE

Mighty Cash Cats - Live:

Check out a live Mighty Cash Cats performance of Johnny Cash favorite "Jackson:"

About The Mighty Cash Cats

Mighty Cash Cats are a world-renowned tribute show honoring the music and spirit of the late, great rebel country rocker Johnny Cash, who would have turned 80 this year and for whom there remains an ever-growing and fiercely loyal and devoted fan base. During each show MCC front man/guitarist/vocalist (and Johnny Cash lookalike) Michael J goes behind the music and myth of the "Man in Black" and talks about the roots of Cash's music including the Carter family, Elvis, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison and Sun Records. Michael J also tell stories about how Cash defied the Country Music establishment and wrote songs about the plight of Native Americans, prisoners, and the downtrodden giving a voice to the voiceless.

The Mighty Cash Cats cover Johnny Cash's career from his early hits that audiences all know and love to his final Rick Rubin-produced album "American Recordings" including fun Johnny Cash and June Carter duets. The band also plays Hot New Country Music, Rock 'N' Roll, and Blues. The band tours extensively in the USA, Las Vegas, Europe, Ireland and Israel while performing at festivals, fairs, casinos, summer concerts in the park, and corporate events.

The band's latest CD, "Americana Made," is available on CD Baby at this link:

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