Things you can expect at a Gary West Show:
* Professional Nashville musicians dressed in black and white suits.
* Amazing musicianship, and showmanship.
* State of the Art Sound System and production.
* Professional and courteous production crew.
* Expect an amazing musical experience.
* impromptu impersonations, fun, laughter, and tears.
* Steller vocals and music that moves your soul.
* A stage full of professionals and long time friends who love what they are doing and it shows!
* Gary and the band making time after the show to visit with every fan who would like to say hello.
Things you should NOT expect:
* Gary dressed up in a wig and/or makeup impersonating Johnny Cash.
* A band dressed like they just came from a weekend campout.
* Dancers, Flashing lights, strobe lights, or flash pots.
* Current country music.
I have been asked many different times to describe our show “For the love of Cash”. A description of this show might sound like many other top billing shows and would fall far short of being accurate. So, I have come to the conclusion that its not easily described by words. However, many others have described it as musically authentic, high energy, spontaneous, and an emotionally captivating experience.
This authentic country music show is performed by legendary Nashville musicians who played for some of the greatest legends in country music. “For the Love of Cash” will soon to be in its fifth consecutive season.
In addition to Johnny Cash, the show features music from the Highwaymen, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and Kris Kristofferson. There is also at least a half-dozen impersonations from Ray Charles, John Conlee, Edith Bunker, to Aunt Bee, Hank Hill, and whoever else Gary may decide to spontaneously channel. You will hear a few original songs that will have you singing along the very first time you hear them. We have had 3 singles released since 2016 and a new album to be released May 10th, 2019.
I believe there are three important aspects to describing this show
The People, Experience, and Originality.
The band is made up of legendary Nashville musicians that have played for dozens of country music legends. Every one of the musicians in the band have worked for Grand Ole Opry stars and have worked the Grand Ole Opry stage countless times.
They have performed on multiple TV shows on CMT, TNN, CBS, and even honored to have performed before Queen Elizabeth II. These musicians are among the very best in the business and importantly are also among the most kind and humble folks you will come across and work with.
Gregg Hutchins – Drums 19 years on the Grand Ole Opry with Jean Shepard.
Music producer, gospel radio personality.
JD Hatfield - Harmonica 20 years on the Grand Ole Opry with Del Reeves.
Glen Dickerson – Guitar 19 years on the Grand Ole Opry with Jean Shepard,
Has worked as staff guitarist on the Grand Ole Opry
backing dozens of major country music artist.
Rex Clem – Bass Guitar Performed with Bobby Helms (Jingle Bell Rock) ,
Tommy Cash, Mark Allen Cash, Charlie Pride,
Performed on the Grand Ole Opry for the first time in 1988, when he was just 23 years old with Grand Ole Opry Star Del Reeves. Earlier that same year Gary toured with Tommy Cash, the brother of Johnny Cash.
Gary continued to sing and perform at many of Nashville’s most popular venues such as the Jack Daniels Saloon at the Opryland Hotel, the center stage at the Opry Mills Mall, for six years, the Music City Queen river boat, and most every club on Broadway in Nashville.
Gary has worked with dozens of country music legends including 12 years with Country Music Hall of Fame member Little Jimmy Dickens. He has performed with such legends as Johnny Paycheck, Porter Wagoner, Johnny Russell, Jean Shepard, Del Reeves, Billy Walker, Jett Williams, Skeeter Davis, Connie Smith, The Legendary Drifters, and was a member of Hank Williams Drifting Cowboys band with Don Helms and Jerry Rivers.
Gary West has invested his entire life to music. He has spent years at the Grand Ole Opry and at other major venues across the country performing and watching some of the greatest music stars of all time.
One of the most significant things to note is that Gary has worked for two of the greatest “Entertainers” that has ever lived, Little Jimmy Dickens and Del Reeves.
They both were known as the “Entertainers, Entertainer”.
When you see a show with Gary West and his amazing band you are looking and listening to a “Showman” that has spent years watching, performing with, and learning from “The Masters” of showmanship! The best part is, both of the showman that Gary learned from were performers who were ORIGINAL! They were true pioneers and set the bar high for entertainers across the globe. They didn’t have big big screens on stage, light shows, flash pots, or dancers. Only a spotlight, a great band, and the desire to see folks enjoy themselves to the fullest with the unique ability to connect to an audience. It is seldom that you get to see this type of entertainment. Flashing lights, dancers and rope swinging trapeze acts have replaced the stand up entertainer.
Just like his predecessors, Gary’s show is truly spontaneous, and he will seldom stick to a set list and this keeps even the band guessing what he will do next. This is where the fun starts. When his amazing impromptu and whimsical personality take charge… This is Real ENTERTAINMENT.
Originality – Gary West is a Nashville Recording Artist who produces his own music but, has produced and/or recorded many other artists such as Ken Mellons, Mark Collie, Craig Campbell and many others.
In 2017 a song he produced for Scotty Ray Morton was awarded “Song of the year” by the Josie Awards.
Gary is NOT a Johnny Cash impersonator; he is an ENTERTAINER. He is an impressionist, musician, comedian, and has been nominated for several awards including, Tribute Artist of the Year (2017), Americana Artist of the Year (2017). Entertainer of the Year in the Traditional Catagory (2018) and Song of the Year 2018 in the Classic Country Category. The "Hobo Song" was written by Mike Oldham and included on "For the love of Cash Vol 2."
Some examples of the caliber of events and venues Gary and the band have performed are listed below.
PHEASEANTS FOREVER NATIONAL CONVENTION: 2016, 2017
WHITTINGTON CENTER - RATON, NM: 2015, 2016, 2017
CARLSON SOFTWARE: 2017 – 2019
SMITHFIELD FOODS: 2018
SANFORD HEALTHCARE: 2018
ABC BUS COMPANY: 2017
STORYTELLERS MUSEUM AND HIDEAWAY FARM (Johnny Cash’s Farm): 2017
BEREA NATIONAL RIB FEST, Berea, OH: 2017, 2018
SINCLAIR LEWIS DAYS, Sauk Centre, MN: 2018
HOEDOWN ON THE HARPETH, Kingston Springs, TN: 2017
MAIN STREET SQUARE CONCERT SERIES, Rapid City, SD: 2017
DOWNTOWN FRIDAY NIGHTS, Spearfish, SD: 2017
WAYLON FEST, Loretta Lynn’s Dude Ranch, Hurricane Mills, TN: 2016
BLAST IN THE VALLEY– Renfro Valley, KY: 2017
LAKEFEST – Jamestown, KY: 2017
BLOCK BASH – French Lick, IN: 2017
MOONSHINE FESTIVAL - New Straightsville, OH: 2017
THE HISTORIC PALACE THEATER – Crossville, TN
THE TASSEL PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE – Holdredge, NE
SANDIA RESORT AND CASINO – Albuquerque, NM
THE WASHINGTON THEATER – Maysville, KY
H.J. RICKS CENTRE FOR THE ARTS – Greenfield, IN
MT DORA COMMUITY CENTER– Mt Dora, FL
GRANADA THEATRE – Mt Vernon, IL
THE NASHVILLE PALACE – Nashville, TN
LEE’S LIQUOR LOUNGE – Minneapolis, MN
THE HISTORIC ST JAMES HOTEL, Cimarron, NM: 2017, 2018
In 2018 Gary was nominated for,
Traditional Country Music Artist of the Year AND
Song of the Year by the Josie Awards!
“Gary West is the real deal. He is a great singer, far about the rest. His impersonations are near perfect. I sat and watched his show for over an hour and he held my attention. His voice is pure country with a touch a class! I would highly recommend him for shows, fairs, and much more.
I am proud to be his friend! Tommy Cash, 2017
“This man is hard to follow, hard to follow”
Little Jimmy Dickens
“I’ve seen many Johnny Cash tribute artists and you guys have the best musicianship of any! Continued success”
Jonathan Holiff, award winning director, producer, and author of
“My Father and The Man in Black”
“Gary is a real celebration of everything that’s great about traditional country music! He’s a one man Opry & Hee Haw all rolled into one, and his original material is just as strong!”
Camo, host, Nashville Access
What the talent buyers say:
We hired Gary West for his "For the love of Cash" performance and we were NOT disappointed! One of the best shows we've had in a long time! His great talent of voices for our country legends were phenomenal!! It was as if those country legends were performing in person! His love of traditional country music shines through in his performance and personality. Gary is on of those few who connect with the crowd (WITHOUT TRYING: and that sets the stage for a great show! We've already unbowed him again for 2019!!
Event Coordinator for Canyon Inn at McCormick's Creek State Park, Spencer, IN
What some of our guests were saying after the show:
“GOOD MUSIC! GARY WEST HAS PERSONALITY!” (Fishers, IN)
“GARY WEST IS AN EXCELLENT ENTERTAINER! A GREAT SINGER OF JOHNNY CASH SONGS – HE SOUNDED JUST LIKE HIM!” (Fishers, IN)
“THIS PERFORMER HAS TALENT!” (Lawrenceville, IL)
“HIS VARIETY OF VOICES THAT HE IMITATED ALONG WITH THE VARIETY OF SONGS HE SANG MADE FOR A GREAT EVENT! THIS WAS ONE OF THE BEST CONCERTS I’VE SEEN IN AWHILE!” (Spencer, IN))
“HE WAS A VERY ENJOYABLE ENTERTAINER!” (Indianapolis, IN)
“GARY WEST IS A GREAT PERFORMER WITH A WIDE VARIETY OF VOICE-OVER ABILITIES (Charleston, IL)
“We booked Gary West “For the Love of Cash” for our Community Concert Series in Washington, IN. From the initial conversation to loading the final piece of equipment and heading out nothing but a class act from top to bottom. Very friendly, easy to work with, and the stage show is amazing! Our crowd loved it and wanted more. If you love the Outlaw Country Sound this is one of the best shows on the road today. I would highly recommend Gary and the boys for any venue.”
Chairman Community Concert Series
Washington , In
“Gary West keeps the crowd entertained the whole night!! Our guests at Round Lake Vineyards & Winery always comment how great he and the band is when they perform at our events. They are professional, prompt and easy to work with. We love that Gary and his team are willing to help us promote the event with flyers, media and doing radio spots ahead of our events - makes our jobs easier! First class act
Event Planner - Round Lake Vinyards & Winery
The New Album "For the love of Cash" Volume 2
For the love of Cash Volume 1
Folsom Prison Blues 3:540:00 / 3:54
Big River 2:440:00 / 2:44
Boy Named Sue 3:380:00 / 3:38
Cry Cry Cry 2:350:00 / 2:35
Get Rhythm 3:000:00 / 3:00
Mean Eyed Cat 2:260:00 / 2:26
0:00 / 4:30
Give me love to Rose 3:210:00 / 3:21
I still miss someone 3:150:00 / 3:15
25 Minutes to go 3:050:00 / 3:05