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Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash coming to Greencastle

PAT FRIDGEN, Echo Pilot
Jeff Erb, Clint Erb, Char Boldin, Randy Hunter, Joe Brucker, Andy Heinze and Paul Carpenter bring June and Johnny Cash to Greencastle on April 6.

A church vocalist and a rocker are the stars of the Ole '97 concert which will be presented at Greencastle-Antrim High School auditorium at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 6. The show is sponsored by the G-A Chamber of Commerce.

The Ole '97 Johnny Cash and June Carter Band features Randy Hunter and Charlene Boldin in the lead roles. They are joined by five band members in a tribute to the late country singing couple.

"Someone heard me in church and thought I sounded like Johnny Cash," said Hunter. "I took that as a compliment." With a resemblance to the Man in Black, Hunter started a band five years ago, going through various members to find just the right team.

Charlene Boldin sang rock for 20 years, and suddenly got a call from a mutual acquaintance that Hunter wanted her to audition for June Carter Cash.

"I laughed. I really don't do country," she said was her response.

However, she traveled to the Ole '97 headquarters in Johnstown, sang "Jackson", and "they loved it. The rest is history."

The band was named after Cash's hit song, "Ole '97", about a train crash.

"And at first we sounded like a train wreck," joked Hunter.

The two get along great onstage and are often asked if they are married.

"No," Boldin said. "We can't stand each other."

Of course, they can, and she said they put on an excellent show with Jeff Erb, Clint Erb, Joe Brucker, Andy Heinze and Paul Carpenter. The backup squad includes Jim Ricotta, Dave Rogers and Suzy Gresch.

She said the audience should expect some surprises, with potential songs from Patsy Cline, Janis Joplin and others. Some of the older fans have told her one Joplin song is a tearjerker.

Hunter stressed they did not impersonate Johnny and June, but paid tribute to them. While Cash recorded 700 songs, Ole '97 sings the top 50, both solos and duets.

"People can expect a good, clean family show," he said.

Doors open April 6 at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are available at Carl's Drug, Greencastle Coffee Roasters, Hair Studio II and the Chamber of Commerce.