A JOHNNY Cash tribute who has received praise from the Man in Black’s own family is coming to Chelmsford.

Clive John will bring the Johnny Cash Roadshow to the Civic Theatre on Saturday April 26 with the 39-year-old from Malvern, Worcestershire, performing as the American singing legend.

During the evening the Fairfield Road venue will be filled with the sounds of Cash’s greatest hits such as Walk The Line, Ring Of Fire and Hurt.

Country musician Clive who has released seven albums in his career will also sing a tune he wrote called The Spirit.

One of Clive’s greatest moments came when Cash’s grand-daughter Caitlin Crowell saw his show and praised him saying the gig was “amazing”.

“I have been performing this roadshow for three years now and I couldn’t believe it when I got that praise,” Clive said.

“Just the fact one of his grandchildren came to see the show was great and to then have her say what she did was even better.

“I thought I would have more chance of winning the lottery than have what happened to me happen.”

Despite being more of an Elvis fan growing up, Clive got into Cash after a friend who died shortly after from a brain tumour gave him a CD of the star’s songs.

He then became hooked on the singer’s work and started performing as him shortly afterwards.

Clive said: “He was such a unique talent, there quite simply is not anyone like him.

“I think he is still so popular today because he was a bit of a rebel but he was a good person too.

“People are fascinated as well about the fact he was constantly fighting his inner demons throughout his career.”

Tickets for the show cost £19 for adults, £17 concessions and £7 for full time students or registered unemployed people.

To book a seat call the theatre’s box office on 01245 606505 or visit www.chelmsford.gov.uk/theatres.