‘Man in Black’ songs Saturday

WHITE ROCK – Surprisingly, the man known for his eerily dead-on impersonation of the Man in Black never saw himself performing country tunes – legendary Johnny Cash songs, no less.It wasn’t until the release of the 2005 Johnny Cash biopic, Walk The Line, was brought to David James’ attention by his then-girlfriend that the singer even flirted with the idea of covering Cash’s songs."It was Walk The Line, the movie’s fault," James told the Now over the phone. "I fell in love with the whole story about him and I decided to just sing along. It’s kind of a third party situation where I act like him and sing like him."James and his tribute act Big River – which includes Todd Sacrety on bass, Colin Stevenson on drums and Duncan Symonds on guitar – perform almost every weekend as Johnny Cash and his band, detailing the late rock-country star’s career from his early days down to his final cover of Nine Inch Nails’ "Hurt."James, a father of three, admits that he wasn’t into pop or country music at all in his younger days but now enjoys taking the stage, sometimes even with his 15-yearold daughter who’s spotlighted as his June Carter Cash in the past."I could lie to you and say (I’m a fan)," he said earnestly, "but honestly I’m more of a metal head. I grew up on Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath back in the day. I didn’t even know about ‘Folsom Prison (Blues)’ to be honest. I knew ‘A Boy Named Sue’ and ‘Ring of Fire.’"When Big River plays White Rock’s Coast Capital Playhouse this Saturday (Aug. 23), professional singer Darla Kendrick will be singing as James’ paramour in "Jackson" and other songs, something the Cash impersonator has no qualms with. There might even be an appearance by a junior June Carter Cash, according to James.Show tickets are $42.50 via the theatre box office, 604-536-7535, and online at Whiterockplayers.ca.kalexandra@thenownewspaper.com