Ring of Fire PlayThere are very few of us who haven’t driven down the road in a beat up truck, or a family car, tapping time to the tunes of Johnny Cash coming from the radio. Ring of Fire and I Walk the Line are two of Cash’s most memorable songs that have etched themselves into the American memory.

Although Johnny Cash passed away in 2003, you now have a chance to re-live his life when stories of faith, family, passion, redemption, and humor set the stage ablaze in a new, award-winning national tour of Ring of Fire—the Music of Johnny Cash, when it comes to the Nampa Civic Center October 14 at 7:30 p.m.

Ring of Fire is presented as part of the 2013/2014 Performing Arts Series. Tickets are still available. Call 468-5555 to purchase tickets.

Touching on the life and times of one of the world’s most legendary musical artists, Johnny Cash, the musical revue Ring of Fire is considered one of the best jukebox musicals of our time. Although Cash himself is never impersonated, Ring of Fire features a company of well-known celebrated performers that will guide you on a journey though Cash’s storied life and celebrated music, from the cotton fields of Arkansas to the Grand Ole Opry. Ring of Fire features more than 35 of his hit songs from his long career.

Cash is primarily remembered as a country music artist, however his style spanned from gospel to folk, rock to blues, and country in between. Both critically and audience acclaimed, this show is bringing audiences to their feet at large and small theaters around the country. The New York Post calls it “Effective, funny and imaginatively presented,” “Ring of Fire is HOT!” declares Variety. “It’s touching and exuberant,” says the Associated Press.

It has also been reported to be the only musical review approved by the Cash family.

Johnny Cash’s musical career spanned decades. According to the Rockabilly Hall of fame site, “Cash’s career shows he was not merely a most successful country artist, but that he is also one of the most successful artists in popular music having put 48 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 pop charts, which is one more than the Rolling Stones. He placed 26 albums on the pop charts between 1955 and 1972, the same number as the Beatles during that span. He was one of the few people in the history of music to sell more than 50 million records.”

Cash was known as a champion of the poor, Native Americans, and prisoner’s rights. Cash often struggled with his own demons and turned to his deep religious roots for support.

This spectacular music event at the Nampa Civic Center also features the photography of Andrea Scott, the founder of the Idaho Buckaroo Project. Scott is known as the “cowboy’s photographer” because she rides along side the people who she photographs and helps work at some of the ranches she documents. Ginger Lantz is also featured. Lantz specializes in western and pet portraits in pastel, charcoal and graphite. She is known for her depth and talent in working with these mediums. Lantz has a local studio and teaches adult art classes.

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