meet our cast
meet the cast
as Johnny Cash
Rick McKay began playing live aged 11 in school productions before joining his first semi-pro band aged 15. On leaving school he formed the rock ‘n’ roll trio "The Silhouetes" and later "Dynamite". In 1987 Rick won the lead role in "Forever Elvis" which toured the UK and became the first rock musical to tour Russia.
Between 1989 and 1994 he worked solo opening for Mike Reid, The Searchers, Barron Knights, Rockin' Berries and many others, while simultaneously playing with country band "Hicksville".
In 1994 Rick moved to Nashville and where he signed with GMC Records where his first US album project was produced by Waylon Jennings' producer Ritchie Albright. Rick returned to touring in the UK in 1996 though he remained signed to GMC for the remainder of the 90's.
In 2001 Rick co-produced and directed "The Thunder Rolls", a tribute to Garth Brooks, which toured throughout 2001 and 2002.
In June 2002 Rick co-formed the award winning duo "Pure Country" with wife, Jodie McKay (then Jodie Mitchell) and toured extensively throughout the UK and the US before taking a break from touring to start a family.
Between 2007 and now Rick has recorded two solo albums, a Rockabilly album with "Hot Doggin" and played with a number of high profile bands on the rock 'n' roll scene. "Paul Ansell's No9", "Laura B & The Moonlighters", "The Honkabillies" and “The Wigsville Spliffs”.
When not playing the role of Johnny Cash, Rick has played double bass, lead guitar and occasionally drums in various shows including "Rave On with Buddy Holly", “Hank, Cash & Cline”, “Patsy Cline & Friends”, “Walk Right Back”, “Be Bop A Lula”, “Sun Records: The Concert”, “Rock ‘n’ Roll Paradise”, We Three Kings of Rock ‘n’ Roll” and he also played The Big Bopper in “Buddy Holly’s Winter Dance Party”.
Playing the part of one of his earliest inspirations, Johnny Cash, is a labour of love for Rick, whose first interest in Music was sparked by listening to “Johnny Cash: At Folsom Prison”, which was the first album he played enough to learn all the words to. Rick has been a lifelong fan of “The Man in Black” ever since.
AS JUNE CARTER-CASH
Jodie McKay was born into a very musical environment so it was no surprise that she showed her musical talents from a very early age, her first stage appearance being at the tender age of 5. By this time she was already able to play piano, and the recorder. At the age of 9 Jodie attended music school where she studied the violin and guitar. She then went on to play both instruments in her school orchestra.
Steve Mitchell, Jodie's father, hosted a weekly country music show on Essex radio. A radio listener's concert in Buxton became Jodie's first ever performance on the British country music scene. She sang “Cryin' Time”, and says she cried all the way through it. Her interest in country music lyrics also led to her writing her first song when she was 10. Jodie has written many wonderful songs since then.
When she was 16 she joined her father on the road in his band Shiloh, playing acoustic guitar and singing harmonies.
In 1994 Jodie spent some time in Philadelphia at Camp America where she worked as a music teacher for the mentally disabled. She helped put together weekly shows for them, and performed in them herself.
On her return to England Jodie formed The Mitchells, a duo with her brother. The pair toured the scene for two years before adding two other musicians to form The Glen Mitchell Band. Jodie switched instruments and learned to play bass guitar when the bass player left the band. Over a 6 year period with the band Jodie played bass guitar, acoustic guitar, sang harmonies, and also began singing a few lead vocals, which always drew a great reaction from the audience.
1997 saw the Glen Mitchell band playing support to Billie Jo Spears at Longleat. Rick McKay was at the show because he and his band were backing Billie Jo. He watched the first half of the show and was blown away by Jodie's performance of “Mama He's Crazy” by the Judds.
The two met again a few weeks later when Rick was organizing the late night jam sessions at Pontins in Hemsby. Over the next couple of years the two remained friends and even worked together on occasion as a duo. In time their relationship blossomed and Jodie joined the Rick McKay band in 2000, when her brother Glen followed his fortunes to Nashville.
Jodie went on to play bass guitar in, The Thunder Rolls, until she and Rick eventually co-formed the duo "Pure Country".
The duo has given Jodie the opportunity to expand on her vocal talents, as well as her abilities as a musician.