Posts Tagged ‘Johnny Cash’

By Brad Hallier

We all like cash, whether it’s the greenish paper in our wallet or Johnny.

A lot of us also like Branson, Missouri. Yeah, many places are tourist traps (or in the case of one place on the main drag, it’s literally a Tourist Trap). But hey, who doesn’t like fishing with their son on Table Rock Lake, eating the incredible finger food at Dixie Stampede, losing unexpectedly to their daughter in miniature golf, people watching at Branson Landing or attending one of the many tribute shows?

My kids never knew how much they liked Creedence Clearwater Revival, and my wife never knew they sang “Proud Mary”, until they saw the CCR tribute show.

To me, the highlight of our recent trip to Branson was The Jackson Cash Show. You won’t find much information on this show. Do a simple Google search, and you can’t find a darn thing on this show, where it is and when.

Jackson Cash used to have a regular show in Branson but he opted to try Las Vegas instead, according to a 2008 story in the Las Vegas Sun. It didn’t work out, and he returned to Branson.

We were enjoying from Wendy’s Frostys one night when my son, Landon, noticed a flier for Jackson Cash’s show. Since my kids were raised right, they thought going watch a dude sing like Johnny Cash was OK.

We showed up to the Wednesday 11 a.m. show but the tiny theater, which is adjacent to some Greek restaurant on the western part of the main Branson strip, on the north side of the highway (like I said, it’s hard to find any information out there), was already full. Disappointed, we left and tried the 2 p.m. show on Thursday. The theater doesn’t even hold 80 seats, and this show wasn’t nearly as full.

Yet, I can’t think it being possible that anyone sounds closer to Johnny Cash than Jackson Cash. He’s even not a bad lookalike.

But here’s what makes Jackson Cash’s show a must-see. He doesn’t charge to see his show. Jackson simply has a “Name your price” policy. Same deal with his CDs, awesome black hats that simply say “Cash” and other merchandise. He tells the audience that if you can’t afford one, just tell him and he’ll give you one.

Jackson was great during his show. He picked out my son and noted he was the youngest in attendance. He then changed the name of the little boy in the song “Don’t Take Your Guns To Town” to Landon Charles (and after, he gave Landon and my daughter Josie an autographed CD). He brought up all U.S. military veterans and widows of veterans on stage and sang a song. He also let people know of his donations box, which he generally gives to those fighting alcohol or drug addictions, but on this night, he gave the money to a couple in attendance who didn’t have much.

He finished the great one-hour show with a typically spot-on match of “A Boy Named Sue.”

Jackson met with everyone after the show, signed autographs and asked questions in effort to get to know people. He’s a genuine dude. His talent is up there with anyone in Branson and he should be among the top money makers.

In a city known for making a ton of money, and for having endless entertainment options, The Jackson Cash Show should be attended by anyone visiting. Besides, if Johnny Cash’s sister can be moved to tears by Jackson Cash’s singing, you know it’s worth it.