Growing up on a farm in Yorkshire, music has always been central to Ben’s life. With a Grandfather who was a big band drummer, and a Father with a vast musical collection enthusiastically shared with whoever would listen, music was everywhere. However, it was the music of a certain JR Cash that managed that rare feat of stopping a young and energetic Ben in his tracks. It gave him that first “light bulb” moment, as he recalls,
“I had heard music before, of course. But this voice. His voice. I mean it literally brought me to a standstill. The words too. They just struck a chord with me somewhere and I really felt I understood what he was saying. I got this man, even as a child I could feel it”.
“JR has always been rough around the edges and I don’t know why but I always felt I was born with an outlaw’s approach to life. Not that I was out there robbing trains or anything, but it was more of a mentality; just something inside of me really”.
Being a drummer first, it took a bit of coaxing from family and friends before Ben decided to take the Cash alter-ego seriously.
“I have always felt a bit weird about pretending to be anyone else other than myself, so the concept of being Johnny Cash didn’t really appeal”, says Ben. “People were continuously telling me I had to do something with all this Cash stuff, so I decided I would start taking it more seriously, but the word tribute was key. I would pay my respects to the man by getting his stuff out there again; reaching out to established and new fans, but in no way would I try to be him. That is just not doable in my eyes, so I don’t want people thinking I think I am him. Cos I don’t!”
As is so often the case with unique artists, it takes another one to fully appreciate them. Having lived the life and music of Johnny Cash and other country heroes who came before and since, Ben, aka CASH, has effortlessly recreated the sound, vibe and appeal of the master himself.
There's two types of people in this world: Those who like Johnny Cash and those that don't know a damn thing about music. CASH are dedicated to making sure as many people as possible get into the know...
Ben Welburn - vocals / acoustic guitar
Kiran Hungin - vocals
Robert Ray - electric guitar / vocals
Chuck Benfield - standup bass
Murdo Mackenzie- drums
"Not only has the front man got the look and sound of Johnny Cash, he's backed by good band and also a great June Carter! .... Love to see you again soon somewhere!! TOP NIGHT!! KEEP IT GOING!!”- Jazz Cafe, London.
"Watching CASH I felt like I was getting as close as possible to the real deal. Passionate, energetic and an authentic tribute not just to Johnny but his band, June and overall life.'"" - Pete Bailey, Team Rock Radio.
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