MEET THE CAST BEHIND THE PRODUCTION

 

June's Got the Cash is a 5 member ensemble that delivers a beautiful program of hit songs we've all grown to love. Your audience will be singing along to popular hits like Jackson, It Ain't Me Babe, A Boy Named Sue, Folsom Prison Blues, Cocaine Blues, Ring of Fire, Walk the Line and many more! June's Got the Cash relives the love story of a lifetime! Watch as America's Sweethearts perform the ultimate "Johnny & June Tribute Show".

JENNA MIDDLETON
CELEBRATING 11 YEARS WITH JGTC!
 
Lead Vocal/Tambourine
Cast as June Carter Cash

June’s Got the Cash was formed by lead vocalist Jenna Middleton in 2008. Ever since the movie “Walk the Line” debuted she had a vision. Her vision was a “show band” but not just ANY show band; A tribute to Johnny and June. 

Middleton stated, “I had no experience in running a band, in fact I made a million mistakes. All I had to do was believe in myself and the rest would fall into place. All of my sweat and tears have been worth the ride. We have traveled throughout the Midwest and just this past year became International as we toured Canada. My dreams became reality when we started to sell out theaters; when we headlined county fairs and when we filled over 3500 seats for festivals! It’s an honor to play the lovely, and talented June Carter Cash!” Back in 1999, Jenna made her musical debut with record label La Musique Populaire with producers Eric Haugen and Ryan Bassler. She released Sunscreen’s single “Love You More” onto their Century of Song album. Jenna’s huckleberry humor and sweet songbird voice really come to life when singing with onstage hubby.

Her all time favorite quote that she absolutely lives by is: If you permit, you promote it! 

STEVE JUSTMAN
CELEBRATING 8 YEARS WITH JGTC!

Bass Guitar
Cast as Marshall Grant

Steve Justman is a lifelong Chicago area resident and has been a musician since age 12 when he started guitar playing and singing folk music. By age 16 he was also adept at playing banjo and bass and has been involved professionally in many areas of Americana music spanning into six decades. As a teen, Steve was highly influenced by the country music coming out of both Nashville and Bakersfield from artists such as Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, Bobby Bare, Buck Owens, and Merle Haggard. From the late 70′s to mid 80′s, Steve was the bassist in the Chicago area country-rock band Pony Express. Following that were projects in bluegrass on both banjo and bass. For the last 10 years Steve also performs solo around the Chicagoland area. Performing with June’s Got The Cash has been a great opportunity to do something he really loves, and that is to play bass in a band performing the country music he loves.

ZAC DAWSON
CELEBRATING 11 YEARS WITH JGTC!
 
Drums
Cast as W.S. "Fluke" Holland

Zac Dawson is truly a drummer’s drummer. Zac went from a humble trailer court home in rural Indiana to gracing the top stages in Chicago to touring North America with punk rock legends, The Misfits. Never content with one style Zac has played reggae, funk, classic rock, blues, hip hop, metal, punk rock, and now country. If fact, you would be hard pressed to find a style he did not touch over the course of his 22 years of bashing the skins. Zac has graced the stages at the South by Southwest music festival in Memphis, The Congress Theater in Chicago, and opened up on national tours for The Misfits and The Adicts, in addition to local gigs for Night Ranger, Train, and Leslie West from Mountain. Zac is now exploring a whole new sound in the country/rockabilly realm with Cash’s catalogue. In short, Zac provides the rock solid beat that drives the June’s Got the Cash train.

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GENE HARTMAN
CELEBRATING 7 YEARS WITH JGTC!
Lead Vocal/ Acoustic Guitar 
Cast as Johnny Cash

Gene Hartman is a throwback to another era of Country and Rockabilly Music. He was influenced by such a wide variety of music and artists too numerous to list but include the early icons of the Grand Ole Opry, the innovators of modern Country Music, the Singer/Songwriters of the Outlaw movement, Rock bands, Country Rock bands, Blues artists, and even Metal bands. Of course, the music and style of Johnny Cash was always at the forefront. In fact, Gene learned his first “Man in Black” tunes at the age of four and still sings and performs many of those same songs today. Gene spent most of the 1990’s living in Nashville Tennessee where he was involved in the Singer/Songwriter community and performing at such well known venues as The Bluebird Café, Opryland, and Opryland U.S.A. in it’s heyday. The powerhouse veteran has been the front man for several Country and Country Rock cover bands and also spent time as a solo artist but invariably found himself looking for something different. When he finally found the “June’s Got the Cash Band” it was a perfect fit. Hartman joined JGTC in January of 2011 and helped to pioneer their early, authentic sound. Over the following almost seven years he shared the stage with his bandmates and toured the Midwest, covering nine states, lighting up venues and captivating audiences wherever they went. 

KEITH RYAN
 
 
Lead Guitar
Cast as Luther Perkins

Keith Ryan is a Chicagoland native who has been playing music his entire life. Many of his biggest musical influences come from early rock and roll, rhythm and blues, country, rockabilly, and gospel. He honors tradition and is closely tied to his roots in both life and music. Keith is thrilled to be playing Cash's music and helping it live on for new generations to experience. A passionate musician and Jack of all trades, Keith plays guitar, piano, organ, trumpet, and accordion. He has performed with several local bands over the years including The Green Tangerines, Radio Bandits, and Throwback Jukebox. He is honored to take on the role of Luther Perkins in the Tennessee Three.

JONATHAN LYONS 
 
 
Lead Vocal/Acoustic Guitar
Cast as Alternate Johnny Cash

From as long as he can remember, Jonathan was singing songs from before his time. It started with singing for family and friends around the campfire and quickly progressed into a passion for music. At age 11, he tried the trumpet, but later found himself much more comfortable behind the drumset. He says that he really enjoys playing the drums, but he’s always had the itch to be the front man, and he never turned down the opportunity to sing for people. His Uncle, who he loved and respected, was a big fan of Johnny Cash which got Jonathan starting to sing along to some of his songs. After discovering his ability to hit those rich low notes, Johnny Cash became a frequent request among his family gatherings, and by age 15, Jonathan began doing shows as The Man In Black alongside his dad as Elvis Presley. As the years went on, Jonathan perfected his craft and even moved on to impersonating a young Elvis Presley bouncing back and forth between the two personas while playing festivals, theater resorts, senior centers, etc.  Jonathan loves to share his talent and passion with his audiences and bring people back to a time when music was at its all-time high.

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