The Johnny Cash Birthday Bash is becoming a fixture on the Ottawa scene calendar. Now in its fourth year, the annual event comes as people are starting to emerge from their rock-scene hibernation after yet another long Ottawa winter.
The bash is organized by singer-songwriter and O-Town Hoedown festival programmer Lefty McRighty (better known as Greg Harris). He is quite fond of the Cash tune “That’s Enough.” It’s an upbeat gospel song about needing nothing other than the love of Jesus. “I’m not a God-fearing man, but if I were to ever be converted it’d be because of this song,” Harris told Sound Seekers on the eve of the first Johnny Cash birthday bash.
Cash’s baritone low-boom and resonating lyrics had an effect on people, and that’s what musicians from Big Jeezus Truck, The Bushpilots, The Kingmakers, and The Sick Sick Sicks will be celebrating at The Rainbow Bistro on Feb. 22. Expect to hear Cash songs all night long while waiting for your number to be drawn. The night’s raffle proceeds will benefit CKCU 93.1 FM. The grand prize is an acoustic guitar from Spaceman Music customized with Cash-themed artwork by artist John Sekerka of hipCRANK Guitars.
The Johnny Cash Birthday Bash. Saturday, Feb. 22. 9:30 p.m. The Rainbow Bistro. $10. Details here.