The Man in Black
A Tribute to Johnny Cash
The Man In Black, A Tribute to Johnny Cash, will return to the F.M. Kirby Center on Saturday, January 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are available through the Kirby Center box office, online at www.kirbycenter.org and charge by phone at (570) 826-1100.
A former carpenter, Shawn Barker started his musical career as an Elvis Tribute Artist. Although Shawn drew success through his Elvis act, he soon realized that in a market saturated with Elvis acts; he could only go so far.
Auditioning for the part of Elvis in a Hollywood production of "The Million Dollar Quartet"(the famed SUN Records recording artists Elvis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, and Jerry Lee Lewis) the director asked Shawn to also send video of him portraying the other characters in the script. Shawn did and was instantly cast as Johnny Cash. This started a one-year character study of Johnny Cash, his life, music, voice, and stage presence. Shawn ended up turning down the role because of scheduling conflicts.
So impressed by his performance, the producer then created and scripted a show for Shawn called; The Man In Black Show, which is now drawing great success throughout North America, with shows performed and booked into numerous venues.
Shawn's portrayal offers the high energy and classic look of the late Johnny Cash. Although Shawn portrays the younger Johnny Cash, his repertoire covers the late singers entire career including duets Johnny Cash performed with the late June Carter.
Shawn plays guitar and harmonica and has toured Australia, Europe and North America in The Man In Black Show since 2005 as well as making special appearances in multi-act tributes. Shawn had the opportunity to perform with W.S. “Fluke” Holland, Johnny Cash’s drummer of 40 years. From 2009 to 2016, The Man In Black Show has drawn great success throughout the province of Quebec wowing more than 350,000 audience members touring and performing residences in Quebec City, Montreal and Saint-Sauveur.