Welcome to Harold Ford Music – A Tribute to Johnny Cash
” . . . with a deep, bass-baritone voice and mournful eyes, Harold Ford could be the doppelganger of “The Man in Black” . . . isn’t a Johnny Cash impersonator. For Ford, singing like Cash
just comes naturally . . . “
Cash is Still King article PostStar, 9/11/09 written by Doug Gruse
The human struggles, challenges, and humorous adventures which Johnny Cash sang about are as prevalent today as they were throughout his career, which spanned over three generations of devoted listeners.
The members of my Band and I strive to remain true to the humanity that was such an important part of Johnny Cash’s music.
The mission of Harold Ford is to carry on the spirit, message, and music of Johnny Cash.
- Harold Ford
“Enjoyed Harold Ford, Band – amazing Cash tribute. Harold tribute artist totally resembles Johnny Cash in sound looks actions professionalism just by being himself, truly a natural.” K.Mann 8/12
Tribute artist Harold Ford & Band along with Laura Lucy present a tribute to Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash throughout the US, Canada, Europe, and beyond.
This is an exceptional performance. Possessing a stage presence, and charisma akin to Johnny Cash, along with the deep Cash bass baritone voice, and Cash looks, Harold’s tribute to Johnny Cash is nothing short of eerie and ghostly.
Harold’s Band, a team of highly trained professional musicians, recreate the authentic sound of The Tennessee Three and Johnny’s later years.
Laura Lucy embodies the spirit of June Carter Cash with her captivating presence and light hearted nature. The endearing harmonies of Johnny and June are recreated and come alive.
“Cash is still King”
Johnny Cash Tribute Artist Harold Ford &his Band
With a deep, bass-baritone voice and mournful eyes, Harold Ford could be the doppelganger of “The Man in Black.”
But the Greenwich resident isn’t a Johnny Cash impersonator. For Ford, singing like Cash just comes naturally. “I don’t have to try,” Ford said.
For years, people have told the singer that he looks and sounds like the country music legend.
“I’m not trying to sound like Johnny Cash. It’s just the kind of voice I have. I’m singing his songs, but they are coming out like I am his brother. You wouldn’t believe the comments I get on my appearance and my voice,” he said.
Ford finally decided to give in to what just came naturally. For the last year, his shows have become a tribute to the celebrated singer with performances of Cash hits like “Folsom Prison Blues” and “Jackson.”
Harold Ford and The…Band will perform their Johnny Cash Tribute on Saturday and Sunday at the Carol Theater in Chestertown. The show will include around 30 of Cash’s songs and an appearance by 8-year-old guitarist and Cash fan Cristo Lewis.
The Band also features tribute artist Laura Lucy on vocals as June Carter, Sten Isachsen on lead guitar, Mitch Throop on stand-up bass, Peter Maine on drums and Les Wheeler on rhythm guitar. “We have some excellent talent in the band. We’ve really been getting an unbelievable response from people,” Ford said.
The singer has been surprised by the demographics of the audiences at his shows, which includes a mix of both people from Cash’s generation and music buffs in their 20s and 30s.”Even the kids are coming around. The kids are some of the biggest fans,” Ford said.
Harold thinks the message of the music is what has made Johnny Cash an American icon.”The fans are coming around to Johnny Cash looking for simple truths,” Ford said. “With all the senseless things that go on these days, they want to identify with those grassroots feelings and storytelling.”
Although Ford always has enjoyed Cash’s music, his recent performances have given him a new appreciation.
“The more that I do Johnny Cash’s songs, the more I identify with the message,” he said.