A Johnny Cash tribute performance is coming to the Ponoka Golf Club.
Performer Philip Bauer worked as a salesman by day and a musician by night in his home town of Oklahoma City. He knew he was destined to be a successful entertainer, he just didn’t know how. But fate, like money, has a way of changing everything.
While playing in a local jazz trio, Philip began doing impersonations of famous stars. Sometimes, just for fun, he would try them out on the audience. Audiences loved them, especially his take on Johnny Cash, so they became a regular part of the show.
A career as a tribute artist wasn’t part of Philip’s plan, until fate intervened. One night when he was in fine Johnny Cash form, someone recorded the show and uploaded it to YouTube. The result was something akin to “country music history”.
E-mails and phone calls started pouring in offering good paying personal appearances. That was the push Philip needed. Suddenly his salesman job was out the window and he was out the door – on his way to an exciting career as a world famous Johnny Cash tribute artist.
Since 2008, Philip has been constantly on the road. Branson, Las Vegas, Chicago, Los Angeles. Plus tours of Australia, Canada and Mexico. But his favourite moment was when he was invited to appear on AXS TV’s “World’s Greatest Tribute Bands”, where he proved his mettle as a true world class entertainer. Johnny would have been proud.
He has the steely look and gravelly voice of Johnny Cash. But more importantly, Philip Bauer performs Cash’s songs in the casual, seemingly effortless way that made “the man in black” such an important musical icon. Some of the songs featured in the show are “I Walk The Line”, “A Boy Named Sue”, “Folsom Prison Blues” and “Ring Of Fire”. Every one a fitting tribute to the late J.R. Cash.
On Saturday, Feb. 9th, Philip brings his show to the Ponoka Golf Club.