The number one Johnny Cash Tribute right across America “The Man In Black” returns to Ireland for a short tour. We had a chat with Terry Lee Goffee in advance of the show.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself, and where you grew up?
I was born in Byesville, Ohio and moved to Cleveland when I was ten years old. I developed an intense interest in music, movies and theatre at a very young age. As a major midwest city Cleveland offered an active theatre district, music venues and access to first run movies. It allowed me to build a strong foundation for the future.
What is your background in performing?
My first public performance was in the schoolyard during recess when I was about seven years old. I was playing “air guitar” and moving my hips from side to side as I sang an Elvis Presley song. It was a big hit with the other students and it was at that point the performance bug became firmly entrenched.
How did you end up taking on the persona of Johnny Cash?
I became a Johnny Cash fan at about the age of six. My father started buying Johnny’s records from the very beginning of his career. I instantly fell in love with the sound on those Sun recordings and eventually spent more time listening to them than my father did. After high school I became involved with several bands and always included a good amount of Johnny Cash songs. About twenty years ago I noticed that Tribute Bands were becoming more and more popular so I decided to put together a Johnny Cash Tribute band to see if there was any interest in it. In July of this year we will celebrate 17 years of performing our show to enthusiastic Cash fans worldwide. Apparently, there was and still is a tremendous interest in the music of Johnny Cash.
You are noted as being the best Johnny Cash tribute act by members of the legends own family, how does that feel?
It’s always a thrill to be recognized for what you do. When the compliments come from folks like Johnny’s brother Tommy Cash, his sister Joanne Cash Yates or his former Son in Law Marty Stuart it’s particularly rewarding.
What can our Tallaght audience expect from your performance?
We start with the music from Johnny’s Sun Records days and continue chronologically through the remainder of his career. The hits are there but so are songs that some might consider obscure offerings but are well known and popular with Johnny’s fans.
Can you tell us a random fact about yourself?
I’m a horrible golfer.
The Man in Black is Back
19 February, 8pm