Johnny Cash with his guitar
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Tribute Concert Performer Biographies

Musical all-stars will honor the legendary “Man in Black” with John Carter Cash.

Sam Bush

Known as the Father of Newgrass and King of Telluride, Sam Bush has long since established himself as roots royalty, having worked with artists like Emmylou Harris, Lyle Lovett, and Béla Fleck. The mandolin player has several honors under his belt, such as an Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award and a suite of Grammys and International Bluegrass Music Association trophies.  Recorded partially at Neptone Recording Studios in Destin, Florida, and Bush’s longtime go-to the Sound Emporium in Nashville, his new album Storyman (2016) sounds like the best of friends swapping tales and jamming for the sake of jamming.

Paul Cauthen

Americana music fans will remember Paul Cauthen’s name from Sons of Fathers, the raucous Texicana group he co-founded in 2011 with bassist David Beck. The band earned glowing praise from Rolling Stone, NPR, and others, thanks to two albums that climbed into the Top 10 of the Americana Music Chart.  Just this year, he released My Gospel, his full-length solo debut.  A mix of blues, gospel, and rock and roll, the record was recorded by Cauthen over three years in several well-known studios across the country, including Willie Nelson’s Arlyn Studios in Austin, FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Sargent Recorders in Los Angeles, and Modern Electric Sound Recorders in Dallas.


Ana Cristina is an American singer-songwriter, raised in Miami, FL by Cuban immigrant parents. She currently resides in Nashville,TN and is also a proud graduate of Florida International University. When she was a child, Ana performed on the Univision variety show, Sábado Gigante and later signed to Sony Music’s Latin, recording music in Spanish. She released Ana Cristina, working with several Grammy award-winning producers and songwriters including Rudy Perez, Emilio Estefan Jr., Kike Santander, and Manny Benito.

In 2005, at the age of 19, she was the first Hispanic in history to perform the "Star Spangled Banner" at a Presidential Inauguration and in 2006 performed at the White House for the President, the Crowned Prince of Spain and notable world ambassadors. She later released a duet with Michael Angelo of the song “You Can Change the World.” Its bilingual counterpart “El Mundo Puedes Cambiar” went on to become the theme song for the World Cup Germany 2006. Ana wrote and recorded The West Coast Sessions (2015) in L.A..


WS Holland

WS “Fluke” Holland is a pioneer of rockabilly, country, folk, and rock and roll.  His driving “train” rhythms and innovative shuffles appear on rock and roll anthems like Carl Perkins’ “Blue Suede Shoes” and “Honey Don’t” to country classics like Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Ring of Fire,” and “I Walk the Line.”  Holland drummed on one of the most revered recordings in rock history – the famous Million Dollar Quartet session featuring Cash, Perkins, Elvis Presley, and Jerry Lee Lewis.  Other names on Holland’s resume include Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Marty Stuart, the Statler Brothers, Roy Orbison, and Chuck Berry.  Considered by many as the World’s First Rock  Roll Drummer, WS Holland has gained his rightful place in American music history and continues to inspire and influence artists worldwide today while touring with his own band, The WS Holland Band.

Elien Jewell

Crafting a unique style that mixes poetic ballads with swinging rockers, Eilen Jewell ranks among the best in the Americana genre today. As the reigning Queen of the Minor Key, Jewell leads a tight quartet who blend influences of surf-noir, early blues, rockabilly, and 1960s era rock and roll. Over the course of a decade, Eilen and her band have toured relentlessly. They have performed for legions of fans from Boston to Boise and Madrid to Melbourne at festivals, theaters, rock clubs and coffeehouses. Eilen’s fans marvel at her warmth, unique wit, and onstage humor alongside her beautiful songs and fiery performances.

Jewell’s fifth studio album, Sundown Over Ghost Town (2015 Signature Sounds) was recorded with Eilen’s longtime road band in her hometown of Boise, and is composed of twelve stunning, original compositions that feature some of her most personal stories yet.

Nikki Lane

Like a modern-era Wanda Jackson, Nikki Lane turns the vulnerable singer-songwriter stereotype on its ear, crafting songs that crucify ex-boyfriends and have no problem with one-night stands as long as she can bolt town right after. Her cooing-yet-brutal vocals are a perfect fit with an aching, mournful guitar. For her hotly anticipated sophomore album, released in May 2014, the Nashville songstress teamed up with Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys to produce All or Nothin'. “My songs always paint a pretty clear picture of what’s been going on in my life, so this is one moody record,” she says. “There’s lots of talk of misbehaving and moving on.”

Terry McBride

Terry McBride’s career as a vocalist, bassist, songwriter, and producer spans almost three decades.  His band McBride & The Ride recorded four albums for MCA from 1989 to 1994.  The group racked up several top five singles including “Sacred Ground,” a # 1 hit in 1992. After ending his run with McBride & The Ride, Terry began to focus most of his attention on songwriting and through the years has had songs recorded by some of country’s biggest stars, including Garth Brooks, George Strait, Reba McEntire, Hank Williams Jr, Kenny Rogers, and Alan Jackson.  Brooks and Dunn recorded over twenty of his songs.  His accolades include 13 BMI awards and 12 Million Airplay awards.  Terry currently writes for MV2 Entertainment in Nashville and is working on an EP titled “Hotels & Highways,” his first solo project since leaving McBride & The Ride over twenty years ago.

Bill Miller

Bill Miller is an award-winning Native American recording artist, performer, songwriter, activist, painter, and world-class accomplished flute player. Over the entirety, Miller has produced over a dozen albums, received three Grammy Awards, numerous NAMA awards (including a “Lifetime Achievement Award) and led Wisconsin’s La Crosse Symphony Orchestra. He is now touring in support of a recent collaboration album Look Again To The Wind: Johnny Cash’s Bitter Tears Revisited where Bill has the title track. A Mohican Indian from northern Wisconsin, Bill Miller has long been one of the most admired figures in the Native American music arena and beyond. As an award-winning recording artist, performer, songwriter, activist, and painter, he’s been a voice for the voiceless, a link between two great and clashing civilizations.

Mike Ness

Though best known as vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter for the Southern California punk band Social Distortion, Mike Ness has led a music career that spans four decades.  Joining the punk group at 17, Mike brought a working class spirit to the genre.  Over the past 30 years, Social Distortion has all but trademarked their sound, a brand of hard rockabilly/punk that's cut with melodic, road-tested lyrics. Their searing guitars and locomotive rhythm section sound as alive today as they did in '82, as are Ness' hard-luck tales of love, loss, and lessons learned. Cheating At Solitaire and Under The Influences, Ness’s two solo recordings, incorporate the raw power and social relevance that have always marked his music, while embracing many of the defining styles in American rock and roll history. The work integrates punk, rockabilly, rock and roll, country and blues while maintaining the energy that typifies Mike Ness.

Oak Ridge Boys

The Oak Ridge Boys brought the dynamic energy and four-part harmonies of gospel quartets to contemporary country music. Starting in 1977, the one-time gospel stars barnstormed the country music charts, achieving thirty-four Top Ten hits–including seventeen #1s. The group sold millions of albums, packed concert arenas, and won numerous industry awards.

The history of the Oak Ridge Boys stretches back to the 1940s. “Elvira” became the group’s first crossover hit, in 1981, when it climbed to #1 country and #5 pop. They appeared on Paul Simon’s hit, “Slip Slidin’ Away.” The Oak Ridge Boys were inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2000.


Formed in 1977, X quickly established themselves as one of the best bands in the first wave of LA's flourishing punk scene, becoming  legendary leaders of a punk generation.  Featuring vocalist Exene Cervenka, vocalist/bassist John Doe, guitarist Billy Zoom, and drummer DJ Bonebrake, their debut 45 was released on the seminal Dangerhouse label in 1978, followed by seven studio albums released from 1980-1993. Over the years, the band has released several critically acclaimed albums, topped the musical charts with regularity, and performed their iconic hits on top television shows such as Letterman and American Bandstand.   X’s first two studio albums, Los Angeles and Wild Gift are ranked by Rolling Stone among the top 500 greatest albums of all time.  The band continues to tour with the original line-up fully intact.