STARKVILLE
Meet the "Boom Chicka Boom" behind Johnny Cash Revisited

 

Gary Mears: KeyboardsGARY MEARS: Keyboards
Gary is an accomplished musician with a seriously keen ear for details. He originally joined the show in 2014 and immediately broadened the whole sound of the show, adding so many of those tiny details that so often get overlooked. He toured with us until November 2015, when the pressures of touring and running a successful driving school proved to be too much to handle all at once. Toward the end of 2017 Rick began collaborating with Gary on a solo/duo version of Rick’s Johnny Cash tribute show, which they did throughout following year, culminating in Gary’s return to live work and full time musicianship in December 2018. He is now co-producing the show, and other recording projects, with Jodie and Rick behind the scenes as well as on stage. 

George Nelson: Lead GuitarGEORGE NELSON: Lead Guitar 
George came to Starkville through Gary Mears and had never set foot on a stage in his life. A former pupil of Gary’s driving school, the two met and discovered a shared interest in music, and the importance of attention to detail, especially in a show such as ours. George’s close study of Luther Perkins, Carl Perkins and Bob Wooten’s guitar styles and sounds are a big part of why Johnny Cash Revisited is able to recreate the sound of those original recordings so closely. He's the newest member of the band having played his first two shows, ever, in December 2018. 

Todd Knapp: DrumsTODD KNAPP: Drums
Born near Toronto, Canada, Todd now makes his home in the UK. Drums were part of Todd's life from before he can remember. Since his first professional gig at 15, the past 20 years of playing have taken Todd all across the globe; performing in the West End, with national touring musicals, on cruise ships and in countless pubs and clubs, performing with The Shirelles, Johnny Thunder of The Drifters, vocalist Franc D'Ambrosio, trumpeter Cecil Welch, the multi-talented John Davidson, as well as being involved in many musical theatre productions both here in the UK and at home in Canada. 
Todd's Official Website: http://www.toddknapp.co.uk/

Dave Hughes: BassDAVE HUGHES: Bass
Known to us all as “Harley Dave” due to his passion for, and ownership of, large American motorbikes. Dave also has a deep rooted love and respect for country music, and in particular the sound of Texas Honky Tonks, that would rival anyone you could mention. He has worked all over the world in country bands and even toured with Johnny Cash’s younger brother, Tommy Cash. An accomplished lead guitarist and electric bassist, Dave is currently turning his talents to upright bass in Johnny Cash Revisited to complete the sound of those early sun recording of the mid 1950’s.