The Woodward News

March 8, 2013

Tribute to Johnny Cash coming up at arts theater

Chris Cooper
Woodward News

Woodward, Okla. — Fans of the Man in Black are looking forward to March 13.

That's when the Woodward Arts and Theater Council will be presenting celebrity impersonator Philip Bauer's "A Tribute to Johnny Cash."

The event is part of the council's annual spring concert and starts at 7 p.m. in the Woodward Arts Theater.

"We do this every year," said WAT General Manager Eryn Brooks. "We've been doing it for quite a while."

This will be the first time for Bauer to bring his tribute show to Woodward.

According to a press release from the WAT, Bauer has enjoyed quite a career as a celebrity impersonator and performer, performing on the "Charlie Daniels Talent Round Up" on TNN, the "Down Home Country Show," the "Live Late Nite Radio Show" at the Grand Country Theatre and a number of other venues. He also provided the opening act for music superstar Leann Rimes.

From 1995 to 2000, Bauer was also an honored member of the Oklahoma Opry  during which time he was awarded Male Vocalist of the Year and Entertainer of the Year.

"People should really come out for the show," Brooks said. "Not only is he an artist in his own sense, writing his own music, but his likeness to Johnny Cash is uncanny. I've talked to him on the phone before and he sounds so much like Cash its eery."

And Brooks isn't the only one who thinks so. According to Bauer's website, drummer W.S Holland of Cash's backup band The Tennessee Three once said "[Bauer] has the look and authentic sound [of Cash]... Amazing! I was honored to play with him."

While Bauer does write his own music, Brooks says the upcoming show will consist solely of Cash's music.

Tickets can be purchased at the Woodward Arts Theatre office, or at the door the night of the event.