He Wore Black is unlike any other Johnny Cash Tribute show. Walk back in time and experience life on the road with Johnny Cash through the stories and timeless music that we all love. David Chapa, lead singer, acoustic guitar, and visionary for He Wore Black has invested countless hours researching Johnny Cash, so much so he has become an authority on Johnny Cash according to some of the Cash family, and friends. Experience Johnny Cash like never before, the early years of Sun Records, the height of Johnny's career at Columbia. This is the show of shows!
This is an amazing tribute to Johnny Cash. The stories are true and the renditions honor the legend.
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Price Range: $5,500 and up
Gig Length: 60 - 150 minutes
Insurance: $1,000,000 - General Liability insurance, 1,000,000 per occurrence, 2,000,000 aggregate
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What to Expect
He Wore Black is a large format production, suitable for corporate events, large private parties, large theatre productions, and headliner for festivals.
Our full show typically runs 2 hours to 2 1/2 hours. What the audience will get is a real, honest view into life on the road with Johnny Cash as told by the last man standing from the original Tennessee Three, WS "Fluke" Holland. The audience will be taken on a musical journey through Cash's accelerated success in the business all the way to the 90s when Rick Rubin started working with him.
If you are looking to book a solo act, please contact us with your event details and we can verify David's availability.
Like so many others, David Chapa grew up on Johnny Cash and became a fan at a very young age. Cash was his inspiration to play guitar and sing. He has been playing for over 35 years, and professionally for the last 25 years.
Over 15 years ago he started contemplating a Johnny Cash Tribute show, not another impersonation, but a real tribute that takes the audience on a musical journey from Dyess, Arkansas to Memphis, Tennessee, Nashville, Tennessee, California, New York, Israel, and beyond with brief narrative interludes in between.
The idea formalized through conversations with Bill Lynn, a dear friend and former studio drummer for Elvis Presley, who he met while living in California. By 2005 Bill had a club in Bogota, Columbia called Legends and Superstars, where Chapa was to play this tribute back in 2006, but Bill sadly passed away early January of that year. However, it was the long conversations with Bill Lynn who said, "don't do to Cash what so many others have done to ELVIS PRESLEY. The impersonations really tarnished the artist. Just perform Johnny's songs, and tell his story at the same time while being yourself and not Johnny, because, like Elvis, there will never be another Johnny Cash".
WS "Fluke" Holland is celebrating his 65th year in the music industry this year (2019), he has played with the great Carl Perkins, was the drummer on Blue Suede Shoes, the first record to ever sell a million copies on Sun Records, was in the studio when the famous "Million Dollar Quartet" picture was taken, and played for nearly 40 years with the American legend, Johnny Cash.
Ron Haney, lead guitar and the music director for the WS Holland Band, lends his powerful guitar licks and vocals to He Wore Black, adding to the authenticity of the sound and feel of a Johnny Cash show. Ron has been in the music business for 50 years, and has played with some of the greats in country and rockabilly music. For years he toured with a gospel group out of Jackson, TN until he met up with WS Holland 11 years ago and formed the WS Holland band. They still tour today and play at some of the biggest festivals and venues in the area.
"David Chapa's He Wore Black: A Tribute Concert to Johnny Cash is running over with wonderful memories of The Man in Black. David's spot on performance of each legendary Cash song takes me back to so many treasured times during my nearly four decades working with John. He Wore Black is a "must see" event you will never forget" -- WS "Fluke" Holland / drummer for Johnny Cash
"We work with Johnny Cash tribute artists around the world year after year, but no artist we know puts the time, dedication and talent into their shows like David Chapa. David's love, respect and honor for Johnny Cash's iconic legacy shows through with every song performed, story shared and each minute detail of the entire event that makes this tribute one destined for greatness. Well done, David Chapa. Boom Chicka Boom Forever!” -- Ron Haney / music director/guitarist for WS "Fluke" Holland
Additional Booking Notes
Staging, stage lights, spotlight (optional, but recommended), sound (16 channels minimum, 32 preferred), trained sound engineer, stage monitors for all musicians including and specifically a monitor for WS Holland. If the client would like to include our multimedia presentation of photos and memorabilia during the show, a projector with HDMI and projector would be required. Depending on where we are traveling for your event, a drum kit and amplifiers will be required. This can be discussed prior to booking.
Microphone stands, music stands, onstage power accessibility. All required cables for sound and microphones will be required.
Past Booked Events
|August 23, 2019 • 5:00pm - 11:30pm||He Wore Black, A Johnny Cash Tribute Show|
|July 28, 2019 • 12:00pm - 5:00pm||Private Event|
|June 29, 2019 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Cash Event - Tennessee|
|June 09, 2019 • 12:00pm - 5:00pm||Private Event|
Short sample of songs, some Cash inspired originals as well
Folsom Prison Blues
Ring of Fire
I Got Stripes
I still miss someone
I Got Away With Cash
Wreck of the Old 97
Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down
Walk The Line
A Boy Named Sue
Ragged Old Flag
|David Chapa||Lead singer, acoustic guitar|
|WS "Fluke" Holland||Drummer, Original Tennessee Three member|
|Ron Haney||Lead guitar, vocals|
|Adam Stern||Lead guitar|
Influences & Inspiration
Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson