My personal music preferences lean toward smarty-pants urban songwriters such as
You're more likely to find me booking a table for the
So I'm completely surprised by how much I enjoyed
Apparently an appreciation for the repertoire of country and gospel songs he wrote or sang have been programmed into our DNA. Even city slickers such as myself have acquired the ability to lip sync along to a remarkable number of them.
Don't expect to learn much about Cash during "Ring of Fire." A few snippets of biographical narrative are included in the two-hour show.
But it's predominantly a showcase for parts or all of 32 songs associated with Cash. They range from the iconic -- "Man in
Sprinkled into the mix are gospel songs such as "The Far Banks of the
What makes the biggest impression is Cash's ability to tell a story, whether it's one you're already familiar with such as "A Boy Named Sue" or "Straight A's in Love."
Five predominantly youthful performers do double duty as singers and musicians. They're a tuneful group with lovely voices and possessed of instrumental skills on a diverse group of string and percussion instruments, as well as the harmonica.
Much of Cash's songbook celebrates the lives, dreams and heartbreak of resilient, plain-living folks with more than a few miles on them who never seem to get a break no matter how long and hard they work.
Guitarist, songwriter and folk singer
But their fresh-faced, youthful confidence undercuts their ability to convey the hard-won, weathered resilience of the folks Cash's songs honored.
Director and choreographer
The result is an animated and agreeable evening that should satisfy long-time fans and recruit a few new ones.
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