A.R Cash played to packed house in Preeceville

A. R Cash, the Johnny Cash tribute band, played a sold out concert when they took to the stage in Preeceville on October 12.

"I think the concert really well." said Stacey Strykowski, organizer. "I’ve gotten lots of compliments on the show and how nice it was to have such an event right in our community. I was overwhelmed with all the support. The 50/50 raffle was $850 which was won by Joy Reber. I’ve never seen a 50/50 go that high in our community before. We had people from all ages there. It was nice to have such a diverse audience. We weren’t sure we could comfortably fit over 400 people in the hall but I think it worked out nicely. I’m very proud of the volunteers who helped put this on and of our community for being there to support it. We will certainly look at bringing them back again if there’s enough interest," she said.

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The event was sponsored by the Preeceville and District Health Action Committee. All proceeds will be used towards health care in Preeceville focusing on doctor recruitment and retention, said Strykowski.

The concert style event featured a full bar, coffee and non-alcoholic beverages and 50/50 tickets. A late lunch was provided free of charge after the show.

Manitoba's Aaron Prociuk is the real deal when it comes to performing a tribute to Johnny Cash, stated information from the band’s website. Growing up in the countryside of East St. Paul and inspired by the music biopic “Walk The Line”, Aaron taught himself how to play guitar at the age of 15.

After mastering the lead work of Cash's guitarist Luther Perkins, he discovered he had a knack for singing Johnny Cash's music as well.

A.R Cash began in 2013 as a stylistically authentic tribute to Johnny Cash's music from the 1950's through the 1960's, and the members perform as if they’d been together their entire musical careers, said the information. With the addition of acclaimed country songstress Ashley Robertson to portray June Carter Cash, they have won the hearts of music lovers throughout the past year while performing in sold-out venues across Canada. Backing them is a veritable who's who of Manitoba musicians with the core members being Glen Ambrose (lead guitar), Brian Lucoe (bass/keyboards), and Craig Fraser (drums.)

 "Our goal is to captivate the audience and bring them back to a time when Johnny Cash was a household name around the world," stated Prociuk, "we perform the hits from only that era such as Ring Of Fire, Jackson, and Folsom Prison Blues which makes us unique."

A.R Cash is available as a duo, trio or full band presentation to suit venues of different size from intimate to concert hall, fundraisers to festivals, as headliners or private events. Wherever they go, they attract ardent fans of the man in black who appreciate the music and A.R Cash's efforts to keep the history and legacy of unparalleled artists like Cash going strong, said the information.