FOLSOM ’68: A JOHNNY CASH TRIBUTE
FOLSOM '68 IS A TRIBUTE TO BAND TO JOHNNY CASH FEATURING SONGS THAT SPAN HIS EPIC CAREER FROM 1954 THROUGH 1972. THE SHOW INCLUDES MANY SONGS FEATURED ON CASH'S SEMINAL LIVE PRISON ALBUMS FOLSOM PRISON (1968) & SAN QUENTIN PRISON (1969), WHAT WE LIKE TO REFER TO AS THE GREATEST CONCERTS YOU COULDN'T BUY A TICKET FOR!
They say that music is the language of the soul, and nothing could be truer for this one-of-a-kind Johnny Cash Tribute Band. Composed of a group of CASH-inspired musicians and skillful performers, the artists behind Folsom '68: A Johnny Cash Tribute have earned their reputation as a talented band to look out for. From live gigs to studio sessions and more, they continue to touch fans around the world with their distinct and enjoyable musical style. Explore the site and check out their music below.
Folsom ’68 also has the distinct honor of working with Johnny Cash’s Original and ONLY Drummer, W.S. “Fluke” Holland, whose appearance can be secured for any venue interested in having Mr. Holland appear and play with the band.
THE BAND AND ENDORSEMENT
FOLSOM '68 IS ENDORSED BY MR. HONKY-TONK PIANO, EARL POOLE BALL (JOHNNY'S PIANIST OF 20 YEARS)! HERE IS WHAT EARL HAS TO SAY ABOUT FOLSOM '68:
"HELLO--I AM EARL POOLE BALL AND I WAS THE PIANO PLAYER FOR THE JOHNNY CASH SHOW FROM 1977--1997-- I AM SO THRILLED AND HONORED TO BE ASKED TO BE A PART OF THIS UNIQUE AND TOUCHING TRIBUTE TO THE LEGENDARY MAN IN BLACK AND HIS MUSIC BY JOE AND THE FINE CAST OF FOLSOM ‘68.
THE AUTHENTICITY AND INTEGRITY OF THE MUSIC AND ITS PERFORMANCE BY THE ENTIRE CAST GIVES THE AUDIENCE A STUNNING RECREATION OF THE JOHNNY CASH SHOW IN IT'S PRIME---JOHNNY CASH FANS OF ALL AGES WILL BE THOROUGHLY ENTERTAINED & MESMERIZED BY IT'S DEVOTION TO DETAIL IN ITS CHARISMATIC APPROACH TO JOHNNY CASH AND HIS MUSICAL FAMILY !
JOHNNY'S MUSIC IS RESPECTED AND LIVES ON WITH JOE AND FOLSOM '68!!! SEE YOU THERE-- EARL POOLE BALL"
A stylistically unique Country Band from day one, the members of Folsom '68: A Johnny Cash Tribute have been been singing, performing, and playing in sync as if they’d been together their entire musical careers. Throughout the course of the band’s union, they have won over the hearts of music lovers from all walks of life; performing at a variety of venues, making loads of public appearances, all the while recording new music. Learn more by exploring the site, and feel free to get in touch with any of your comments and questions.
Joe “JC"-(Johnny Cash)-Vocals/Rhythm Guitar:
Joe Loves all things Johnny Cash!
Lead Guitar- (Luther Perkins-Johnny’s Guitar Player) Various Guitarists.
Josh Werner-Born on Halloween and raised in a small town in the pinelands of New Jersey, Josh Werner was raised on old school country and bluegrass music by his parents and grandparents, and he's been hooked ever since, building a career around it for most of his life. Josh has sang and played in several different bands playing all kinds of music from classic rock to Bluegrass to traditional Celtic, and all over North America from Albuquerque New Mexico to Florida, to Montreal, Canada. He also plays a variety of stringed instruments in addition to guitar, such as banjo, mandolin, bass, lap steel guitar, and dobro. His love for the music of Johnny Cash runs deep, starting with his Grandfather telling him that he saw him live back in the 1950's when he was in the military. After that, around the age of 15, he bought the San Quentin Prison album box set, and listened to it religiously, expanding the catalog as the years went on (he recalls at one time having over 1,500 Johnny Cash songs on one iPod!)
Tony Ventura- (Marshall Grant-Johnny’s Bass Player) Bass :
Tony has a BA in Music - City College of New York (Ron Carter). Some of his broadway and off-broadway credits include Rent, Little Shop of Horrors, Pirate Queen, Tony and Tina’s Wedding and Menopause The Musical. He has been seen on the SOPRANO'S playing bass alongside Nancy Sinatra and in the Disney movie Enchanted. Tony’s other film credits include LIPSTICK JUNGLE, BOARDWALK EMPIRE, DAMAGES, MAD MEN. Tony has worked with numerous singers including: Lou Christie, Mel Carter, Darlene Love, Jay and the Americans, Nelson Brothers, Bobby Rydell, The Drifters, The Tokens and Shirley Austin Reeves. He has worked with jazz guitarist Melvin Sparks, Shinobu Ito and jazz saxophonist Junior Cook. Tony also worked as house bass player at TERRA BLUES in Greenwich Village backing such acts as Bobby Radcliff, The Holmes Bros., Steve Guyger, Michael Powers, Irving Louis Lattin. He is a busy freelancer in the jazz, blues, country, and r&b circuit.
Edward “Eddie” Peterson (Marshall Grant- Bass & Earl Pool Ball-Johnny’s Pianist):
Ed has a BA in Classical Bass-Montclair State University. He was raised on Classic Country, has perfect pitch, can play almost any instrument you put in front of him and can play any genre of music.
Ryan Carver (W.S. “Fluke Holland” Johnny’s Drummer) Drums:
Ryan is obbsessed with playing the drums and made it his career! Ryan has performed throughout the tri-state area with rock and country artists for many years. He has also been teaching drums for almost 20 years. Ryan is the owner of Carver Drums Custom Drum Company and endorsed by Vic firth Drumsticks, The Sweet Spots Drum Dampners and Onboard Research.