Cash’d Out is arguably the premier Johnny Cash tribute band in the country, and they’re coming to the Bluebird Theater on February 20. Seeing as Johnny is so popular in these parts (and justifiably so), we spoke to singer and Cash sound-alike Doug Benson to get the lowdown.C
Yellow Scene: When did the band start?
Doug Benson: Ten years ago. Jan 22 2005, to be exact.
YS: Why Johnny Cash?
DB: I enjoy Cash’s music a lot. We believe in what he stood for, including the Christian aspect. We both love the smell of a big, black locomotive – there’s nothing better. I’ve been listening to him for a while. I sang a few times doing other things, and my friends said that I sounded a lot like him. Cash’d Out was originally intended to be a garage band, and it turned into a touring act. We’ve been touring nationally for four years now.
YS: Have you always played covers?
DB: This is the only band I’ve ever been in. The other guys have been in other bands, but not me.
YS: What are your plans for the Denver set?
DB: We don’t really have a written set list. We play the most popular songs, and then we’ll often finish with some obscure songs, take requests, that sort of thing. For example, I do “Hurt” as a solo.
YS: When this tour’s done, what’s next?
DB: This band is consistently on tour. On this one, we’ll be gone for two weeks. In the middle of all that, I’m helping my girlfriend move from Colorado to California. We have to get a recording done at some point, but it’s hard because we’re always on the road.
Cash’d Out plays with Brent Loveday & the Dirty Dollars at 6 p.m. on Friday, February 20 at the Bluebird Theater; 3317 E. Colfax Ave., Denver; 303-377-1666; $10-$20.