It’s a real rarity when live musicians perform on stage at Sierra Theatre, but the tradition continues with Johnny and June Forever, a tribute to Johnny Cash and June Carter — the greatest love story ever told — at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10.
According to their website, Johnny and June Forever is the culmination of two individual talents coming together to present this new and electrifying duo. With their true spirit of reverence for love and song, these two songbirds have come together to pay homage to their heroes and dig deep into their combined passion for roots music, with this spirited tribute to Johnny Cash and June Carter.
Danny Evans is widely recognized as a premier guitarist, an unparalleled singer/songwriter and producer. As the son of Rusty Evans, whose own Johnny Cash tribute “Ring Of Fire” that reigned supreme on the national circuit for over 20 years, Danny played lead guitar and served as musical director in the family band, as well as bearing his own musical soul with his band Chrome Johnson.
Known as a “musical chameleon,” Danny is well regarded as being accomplished in almost any style. Danny’s storied career has seen him sharing high profile stages from Glastonbury to Bumbershoot. With live performances with many legends and such as Link Wray, Dick Dale, Taj Mahal, Chris Robinson, Bill Kirtchen, Leo Nocentelli, Roy Rogers, Count Basie Orchestra, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Crystal Gayle, and Porter Wagoner under his belt, his production and recording credits are just as bountiful. Well known as a “go to” guitarist and multi-instrumentalist, Danny’s musical talents are well regarded and always in demand.
Essence Goldman, an award winning singer-songwriter has been immersed in art and music since childhood. Her birth name really is Essence – she was raised by quintessential flower children, her parents being two free spirited bohemian artists from the Haight-Ashbury ‘Summer of Love.’ Essence has released six CDs (with a seventh on the way) on both independent and major labels, and toured nationally opening for Jason Mraz, Shawn Colvin, Tom Petty, Sarah McLachlan, Natalie Merchant, Chrissie Hynde, Steve Miller, Pat Benatar and Linda Perry. Her sound nods to songwriting legends like Tom Petty and Lucinda Williams, Dolly Parton and Gillian Welch. Essence recently received national and international spotlights for her work with Bernie and the Believers through NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series and BBC. The story and music of her band Bernie and the Believers is currently being developed into a major Hollywood feature film.