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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.
Lead Vocal/ Tambourine
Cast as June Carter Cash
June’s Got the Cash is excited to have country music vocalist
Hannah Johnson as June Carter Cash! Hannah is a life-long Chicago area resident and has been performing in theatre for the past twelve years. She grew up listening to Sun Records from her earliest years, beginning with her mom’s love of Elvis. She is beyond thrilled to be given the opportunity to play June Carter Cash who was truly a force of nature. June Carter and Hannah share that similar quality of "quirky humour" in their music. Hannah's vocals will pull on your heart strings and you'll likely remember her tone and melody long after she's delivered a profound performance.
Hannah's corky huckleberry humor and sweet songbird voice really come to life when singing with onstage hubby, Gene Hartman. Although the duo is quite new at singing together they have formed an incredible bond on stage. The dynamic pair brings fun and excitement to every show! Fans are getting up and dancing throughout the performance, toe tappin' from their chairs and singing along to all of Johnny and June's classic hits.
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.
Lead Guitar/ Band Manager
Cast as Luther Perkins
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.
Cast as Marshall Grant
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.