Johnny Cash's brother sings gospel in Port Richey

PORT RICHEY — Tommy Cash, baby brother of the famous Johnny Cash, doesn't think he sounds like his older brother. But listen to the music on his Web site, and the resemblance is amazing.

"I can sound like him when I want to, but I want to be myself," Tommy Cash said during a telephone interview from his home in Hendersonville, Tenn.

Cash will sing gospel songs at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 1 at the Prayer House, 7935 Ranch Road in Port Richey.

"I will sing a few songs and give my testimony," said the 68-year-old singer. "I will probably sing one secular song, one I wrote about my wonderful brother Johnny, titled Fade to Black."

Although the song doesn't mention his brother by name, anyone who is a fan of the late Johnny Cash will know who he is singing about.

His most recent CD contains that song and others, including a duet with George Jones, Some Kind of a Woman.

Born in Arkansas, the youngest of seven children, Cash was raised in a Christian home. He and his brother were the only two of the siblings to go into the music business.

Sometimes during his concerts he performs a musical tribute to his brother.

After a stint in the Army, the younger Cash began writing and singing songs. His biggest hit came in 1969 when he wrote Six White Horses, dedicated to the memory of John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

These days Cash tours, sells real estate, publishes music and ministers at churches on occasion.

"I love my life," he said. "My main interest is singing and playing country and gospel music. I've been doing it for 43 years."

When he comes to the Prayer House, he will bring his guitar and a few music tracks.

Sue Campbell, wife of the Rev. Jim Campbell, pastor of the Prayer House, said she and her husband have been friends with Tommy Cash for almost 20 years. A big fan of Johnny Cash, she said she has one of his tour jackets and will probably wear it to church that Sunday.

The church opened in December after meeting in the Campbells' home for three years.

Campbell said no collection plate is passed around, but there is a basket available if people want to donate money. They will take up a love offering for Tommy Cash.

"We are blessed to have Tommy take time out of his busy schedule to worship with us," said Campbell.

Hear for yourself: Tommy Cash sings gospel

When: 10:30 a.m. Feb. 1

Where: The Prayer House, 7935 Ranch Road, Port Richey. (727) 808-7887

Cost: Free, but an offering will be taken

Johnny Cash's brother sings gospel in Port Richey 01/23/09 [Last modified: Friday, January 23, 2009 8:32pm]

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