TRIBUTE: Phillip Bauer (as Johnny Cash), Michael Moore (as Willie Nelson) and Ted Vigil (as John Denver) in Kings of Country 2017.
TRIBUTE: Phillip Bauer (as Johnny Cash), Michael Moore (as Willie Nelson) and Ted Vigil (as John Denver) in Kings of Country 2017.

Kings of Country stars' hits on stage

IF Country Music of your thing, The Kings of Country will feature hit songs of three of the best in the genre in the last 40 years.

Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and John Denver are the artists featured this year.

Phillip Bauer (as Johnny Cash), Michael Moore (as Willie Nelson) and Ted Vigil (as John Denver) faithfully honour the music of these great artists.

All three are amongst the best tribute artists in the US and have won accolades and fans worldwide for their genuine portrayals.

Speaking from the US, Phillip Bauer said Country music fans are in for a treat that will be familiar but new at the same time.

"This is out seventh year coming down to Australia, but it's a brand new show," he said.

"This year, instead of a Kenny Rogers we have a John Denver this year, and we also have a new Willie Nelson and he plays all his own guitar parts.

"I am bringing some new songs to the show, so it's the same format, the same idea, the same fun but a lot of new staff and surprises," he added.

The artist said the show will include all there performers opening the show, individual sets by each performer, plus some duets and a final number with all three of them on stage again.

"There is a lot of interaction with the audience, a lot of fun and memories," he said.

"The songs to play in the show are hard to pick because there are so many hits we can choose from.

"We do their greatest hits, all the songs you expect to hear, those are the songs we are going to do."

Philip Bauer said his rendition in this show of Johnny Cash focuses on the musician's style and songs from early and mid 1970s.

"All the greatest hits that you would have seen in his live and TV shows, his prison albums, that's what we are focusing on," he said.

"I have been doing Johnny Cash shows since 2008, as a full time entertainer."

Bauer said preparing for the show he discovered Cash was not only a musician, but a plastic artist too.

"I never knew that he was an artist and a photographer," he said.

"His photography book was only one of his many artistic projects, but all of them were creative outlets.

"In his plastic work there was a lot of black and white, as you can imagine, and some of it is uplifting outdoors stuff, and some dark, shadowy stuff too."



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