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Johnny Cash tribute show touring Western Canada

Jaedyn Pilon stars in tribute to Johnny Cash coming to the Foothills Centennial Center on May 23.

Jaedyn Pilon Pays Tribute to ‘The Man in Black.’

The award-winning tribute artist brings his re-creation of the Johnny Cash TV show to Okotoks later this month as part of his Western Canada tour.

The Okotoks show, a production of Rock-A-Billy Entertainment, will take place on Thursday, May 23 at the Foothills Centennial Center.

Pilon said the performance mimics Cash’s TV show, which aired from 1969 to 1971 and provided a platform for some of the biggest names in country, rock and folk.

“We’re trying to recreate some of that with the special guests Johnny had on his show,” he said. “He had all kinds of musical guests, from Neil Young to The Monkees, but on our show we have Waylon Jennings, Glen Campbell, Dusty Springfield and Linda Ronstadt.”

Pilon, a 21-year-old from Edmonton, developed the show last summer before taking it on the road in the fall around northern Alberta and B.C.

After a winter residency in Mexico where he entertained the music of Cash as well as Elvis, Buddy Holly, The Beatles and others, Pilon has resumed his role as ‘The Man in Black’ with a tour of Saskatchewan and Manitoba before heading west exhibitions in Alberta.

Backed by the six-member Flashback Band, Pilon has also enlisted the help of fellow tribute artists to play the roles of guests to recreate the TV show, a departure from last fall when he launched the show with all the roles.

“I presented it with video projection, so I recorded myself introducing all the guests and then I came out as some of the guests, but now I get to be Johnny Cash for the whole show,” he said.

“We have two fantastic girls singing with us and one June Carter also sings with me.”

With sold out venues and an appreciative audience, Pilon says the Prairie tour is going well and all issues will be resolved by the time the artists roll into Alberta.

“Anything that could probably go wrong will go wrong and by then we will have found a way to fix it,” he joked about the upcoming Okotoks performance.

Pilon, the youngest-ever participant in the Penticton Elvis Festival, is developing his second Elvis show. After touring Elvis: The Early Years, he is now working on a show that focuses on Elvis’ time in Las Vegas.

Tickets for the Okotoks show are available at Okotoks Sobeys, the Heritage Inn in High River and by calling 403-612-7046. More information can be found at facebook.com/rockabillyent.