Mighty Cash Cats will rock it at Hong Kong Inn, Ventura


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Mighty Cash Cats, highly-acclaimed Ventura-based Johnny Cash and June Carter tribute band, are back home to perform at Hongkong Inn, 435 E. Thompson Blvd., Friday, August 14. Showtime is 8:00. No cover. Info: (805) 648-3161 or http://www.hongkonginn.com/.

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The band’s long-awaited new album is entitled “The Ballad of Johnny & June”. AXS.com writes, “The Ballad of Johnny and June offers a noteworthy blend of standard studio-polished versions of live staples, songs rarely a part of their standard stage repertoire, and some long-awaited original material that was definitely worth the wait.”

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ROOTSTIME Magazine in Europe writes, “The Mighty Cash Cats” is an excellent American band built around the duo Michael J. Smith (vocals / guitar) and Leticia Blumette (vocals / bass), helped by Thin Oliver (guitar), and Larry Anderson (drums). They are know for their exciting live performances around the USA and Europe. The Mighty Cash Cats have released a new CD, “The Ballad of Johnny & June.” It is not only a tribute to the most exciting music couple ever, Johnny Cash and June Carter, but also a tribute to Sun Records, Elvis, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis and The Tennessee Three, which have meant so much to Country Music and Rock n Roll lovers. Although recorded in the studio, the album has the exhilarating energy of their live show. So if you are a Johnny Cash fan, a Johnny and June fan, a Sun Records fan, or just love great Americana music, you need get The Mighty Cash Cats’ new CD and listen to it more than once.”

MIGHTY CASH CATS ON THE RADIO…IN JAPAN!  While on tour in Japan this past July, Mighty Cash Cats front person Michael J Smith was riding in a cab to one of his shows, when he heard a song from the group’s new album, “The Ballad Of Johnny And June”, on the radio. “In my mind, it was a watershed moment regarding the band, one I’ll never forget”, Smith recalls. “It made all the hard work and long nights completely worth it. It also demonstrates just how worldwide a community the power of music can be,” he added.

INTERVIEW WITH MIGHTY CASH CATS IN MUSIC NEWS NASHVILLE:  It’s no secret that any band in the Country/Americana genre seeks to be recognized by the powers-that-be in Nashville. To that end, the Mighty Cash Cats were recently interviewed by MNN Editor, Dan Harr. Read the full interview here.

The Ballad of Johnny & June – culled from band namesake Johnny Cash and June Carter – utilizes the sparse instrumentation of Sun Records, but with updated vocal, guitar, bass, and drum sounds. Jimmy Calire, keyboardist for iconic group America, makes a guest appearance on the album. The Ballad of Johnny & June combines the MCC’s signature Americana sound with country music, rockabilly, rock n roll, and the blues. The duet title track, written by front person Michael J Smith, “pays homage to {C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}Johnny and June, Sam Phillips and Sun Records, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, the Carter Family, and Cash’s band, The Tennessee Three,” {C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}states Smith, whose co-front-person in the band is Leticia Blumette (lead-background vocals/bass). Michael and Leticia sing several duets on the album, including “Long-Legged Guitar Pickin’ Man”, the Tim Hardin classic, “If I Were A Carpenter”, and Bob Dylan’s folk ode, “It Ain’t Me Babe”. Oliver Thin (guitars, backing vocals) and Larry Anderson (drums) round out the band.

 

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