Stetsons at the ready for tribute

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A Nashville style ambience should fill the air of The Maltings next Thursday when a tribute to three country legends rolls into town.

Hank Williams, Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline are three of the genre’s leading lights with legions of fans worldwide still listening to their music.

Songs like ‘Hey Goodlookin’, ‘Walk The Line’ and ‘Crazy’ have written themselves into music folklore and a tribute show bound for Berwick on July 3 will celebrate their lasting appeal.

‘Hank, Cash and Cline’ does exactly what it says on the tin, so as well as the aforementioned songs, anyone planning on going along will hear the likes of ‘Jambalaya’, ‘Get Rhyhthm’, ‘Ring of Fire’, ‘Sweet Dreams’ and ‘I Fall To Pieces’.

The show is currently in the middle of a UK tour and Hank, aka Marc Robinson, said he felt it was its attention to detail which had won the admiration of audiences.

“We are very much a tribute, not a covers band,” he explained.

“We do try to look like Hank, Johnny and Patsy but our main focus in on replicating the sound.

“So we’ve got the fiddle steel and bass guitar in there and very minimal drums.

“I’d like to think I sound like Hank. He’s got a very strong American accent and I’m from Essex so it’s a bit of a challenge!”

As well as Marc and his bandmates dedication to being a close as possible to the real article, Marc also believes its the lasting popularity of Hank Williams, Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline that makes ‘Hank, Cash and Cline’ a hot ticket for country fans.

“Johnny particularly is still hugely popular with his music popping up all over in adverts and TV programmes. And Hank is considered as the grandfather of country music and one of the forerunners of rock and roll so I’ve got big shoes to fill!

“With only two hours on stage it is hard deciding which songs to put in the show but we try and give people what they want. We don’t get too many die hard fans along so the setlist is mainly the popular songs My favourites are ‘Walking After Midnight’, ‘Get Rhythm’ and ‘I Saw The Light’.