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Showing posts with label The Mighty Cash Cats. Show all posts
Showing posts with label The Mighty Cash Cats. Show all posts

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

The Mighty Cash Cats - The Ballad of Johnny and June - New release review

I just received the newest release, The Ballad of Johnny and June from The Mighty Cash Cats, a nostalgic trip through American folk, country and rock music through the eyes of The Mighty Cash Cats as Johnny and June Carter Cash. Opening with Carl Perkins' Long-Legged Guitar Pickin' Man, you can definitely hear the influences of the man in black in vocal and arrangement, really nicely adorned by Oliver Thin on chicken picken guitar. Title track, The Ballad of Johnny and June has the feel of midwest rocker with flavors of Seger and Frey. Although not mentally transported, Michael and Leticia nicely capture the spirit of Johnny and June on this track. Merle Travis' Sixteen Tons is a blend of Tennessee Ernie Ford, The Stray Cats and Johnny Cash. Jimmy Calire's addition on B3 and Leticia's bass work are tight. Dylan's It Ain't Me Babe is up next, again capturing the spirit of Johnny and June on a classic track. 40 Shades of Green is my favorite track on the release with a real slice of country. Vocal blending is smooth and the melody is super. Classic western track, Ghost Riders in The Sky is up next and the track is performed in traditional style. Bound to be a crowd favorite with the resurgence of cowboy music, this track is cool. Tennessee Flattop Box features Leticia on lead vocal and I think is her definite vocal showcase. Real nice acoustic country style track. Nine Inch Nails' penned Hurt is a simple dark ballad with Michael on lead vocal, acoustic guitar and Calire on piano. Unlike most of the tracks on the release, a nice quiet track. Wrapping the release is Johnny's trademark Ring Of Fire. Overall a pleasant trip through Americana music with a thick taste of Johnny Cash.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Ooo Wee Baby, It's A "Johnny Cash Cruise" With Mighty Cash Cats On The Ocean!

It's "Johnny Cash Cruise Time" With The Mighty Cash Cats!
Save The Date: Saturday, July 28


Ooh Wee Baby, Let's Go On A "Johnny Cash Cruise" With Live(ly!) Music By
The Renowned Mighty Cash Cats Tribute To Johnny Cash With June Carter,
Departing Ventura Harbor On Saturday Night, July 28 at 7 p.m.
Presented By Island Packers. For More Info Visit: www.islandpackers.com.


Let The Mighty Cash Cats Take You On A "Johnny Cash Cruise"
Two-Hour Luxury Trip Cruising The
Beautiful Pacific Ocean, Departing From Ventura Harbor

(VENTURA, CA) -The Pacific Ocean, great dining, beverages of your choice and the music of the great Johnny Cash - honestly, does it get any better than this on a Southern California Summer night?

Join world-renown Mighty Cash Cats Tribute To Johnny Cash With June Carter on a "Johnny Cash Cruise" departing Ventura Harbor, Saturday, July 28. Two full hours of luxury pleasure cruising on the Pacific Ocean, from 7-9 p.m. Besides great live music, enjoy a Prime Rib dinner and complimentary beverages as well as a full bar. Presented by Island Packers. Info: (805) 642-1393 or visit www.islandpackers.com.

During a typical Mighty Cash Cats show, front man (and Johnny Cash lookalike) Michael J goes behind the myth and music of the "Man In Black" and delves into the roots of Cash's music including the Carter Family, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins. Roy Orbison, and Sun Records. Included will be humorous tunes like a "Boy Named Sue" as well as fun Johnny Cash/June Carter duets such as "Jackson."

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.

What The Press Is Saying About Mighty Cash Cats:

"Michael J 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 - Brief Bio

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: http://www.cduniverse.com/productinfo.asp?pid=8175031

MIGHTY CASH CATS PROMO MATERIALS/INTERVIEWS ETC. ON REQUEST.

http://www.mightycashcats.com


CD Review BMANS BLUES REPORT
MUSIC CONNECTION Live Show Review
SAN BERNARDINO SUN Feature
ALL ACCESS MAGAZINE Interview

Monday, June 25, 2012

Mighty Cash Cats Featured On German TV, Upcoming Live Shows, And More



Mighty Cash Cats shown here during their June 20 taping for Germany's "RTL Punkd 12" television show, which airs over that country's top-rated Channel RTL. Johnny Cash's music is still huge in Europe - and now, because of their recent TV taping, so are the Mighty Cash Cats!

BUZZ ON MIGHTY CASH CATS EXTENDS ALL THE WAY TO EUROPE AS BAND IS JUST FEATURED ON TOP-RATED GERMANY-BASED TV SHOW! 

Perform@Summer Concert Series In Montalvo Square Sat. June 30


"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  
    

   (VENTURA, CA) - 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.
   
   Come see what the buzz is all about when Mighty Cash Cats perform at the Montalvo Square Summer Concert Series, 1746 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura, this Saturday, June 30. 6-8 p.m. Free. Mighty Cash Cats will perform their renowned 'Tribute To Johnny Cash with June Carter' as well as their 'Tribute to the Women of Country Music and Rock 'N' Roll.'  So its basically two shows in one! Other upcoming MCC dates: Lab Brewing Company in Agoura Hills, Sat., July 7; Norwood Library in El Monte, Sat., July 21; a special "Johnny Cash Cruise" sailing out of Ventura Harbor on Sat., July 28; headlining Sutter Creek Theater (just outside Sacramento) on Sat., August 4; and an appearance at the always-popular Sonoma County Fair on Sun., August 5 (on the Park Stage at 6:00, 7:15, and 8:15 p.m.).   
     
    Check out a live Mighty Cash Cats performance of Johnny Cash favorite "Jackson:"

                                                 About 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.

    L.A.-based music publication All Access Magazine recently interviewed band leader Michael Jay, read the full interview at  http://allaccessmagazine.com/2012/05/24/mighty-cash-cats-righteously-keeping-the-music-of-the-man-in-black-alive/

    
<<<<What the Press Are Saying About Michael J & The Mighty Cash Cats>>>> 

"Thank you for helping to keep my Dad's music and legacy alive!"    - Cindy Cash
"The audience felt that Johnny Cash returned to the bandstand."      - Jerusalem Post
"The Mighty Cash Cats is as close as you can get to the real thing."   - Casper Star
"America's #1 Johnny Cash Tribute."                                                    - FNO
"They have awed audiences across the country."                                 - San Diego Tribune
"Fantastic show!" Jeff Shore,                                                                   - E! TV
"Michael J embodies Johnny Cash in both voice and look and Letica Blumette does a spot-on June Carter."                                                                               - LA Weekly

       
      The band's latest CD, "Americana Made," is available on CD Baby at this link: http://www.cduniverse.com/productinfo.asp?pid=8175031  

MIGHTY CASH CATS PROMO MATERIALS AND INTERVIEWS ON REQUEST. 
  

CD Review BMANS BLUES REPORT
MUSIC CONNECTION Live Show Review
SAN BERNARDINO SUN Feature
ALL ACCESS MAGAZINE Interview

Monday, April 2, 2012

Americana Made - The Mighty Cash Cats - New Release Review


I just got the chance to listen to Americana Made by The Mighty Cash Cats - Michael J. & Leticia. This is an unusual recording covering Johnny Cash's career from Sun Records to the Rick Ruben American Recordings. Decked out in black and using Cash's vocal inflections, Michael J. and Leticia plus the addition to a few tunes by Hank Williams, Tim Hardin and Carl Perkins as well as two original numbers. The band, in addition to Michael J. Smith on vocal, guitar, Hammond and bass; Leticia Blumette on vocal, bass and guitar and strongly supported by Jarold Davis on lead guitars and vocals; and Justin Young on drums. The tunes included are Jackson, Tennessee Flattop Box, Ghost Riders in The Sky, No More Lonely Days and Empty Nights, Long Legged Guitar Picking Man, If I Were A Carpenter, Jambalaya, Wildwood Flower and The Dancer. The tribute is well throughout and performed. Leticia's vocals are particularly clear and interesting on Jambalaya.

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