Church of Cash pays tribute to legend Johnny Cash

Press Release

Backus Community Center is excited to announce the final show in the Backus Performing Arts Season; Church of Cash, a tribute to Johnny Cash, Friday, Feb. 28, at 7:00 p.m. at Backus Auditorium. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at City Drug, Betty’s in Fort Frances, J&D Foods in Littlefork and the Backus office, $12 for adults, $5 for children age 6 to 18, kids age 5 and under are free.
“We are happy to present a classic country show that should have a wide appeal.” Said Ward Merrill, Executive Director at Backus. “We read every survey returned to us, and country music has been mentioned often, this fits the bill.”
Jay Ernest formed Church of Cash in sunny Honolulu back in 2010. With an uncanny grasp of the Man in Black’s catalog and many years of experience touring the United States, Europe, and Asia, Jay has returned to his Minnesota home to spread the gospel of one of the world’s most important and enduring songwriters.
The Church of Cash is true to the music of Johnny Cash, and singer Jay’s deep baritone voice sings like a prairie breeze and stomps like a boot heel. Church of Cash is not a country band. Church of Cash is a tribute band with the express purpose of honoring the indelible legacy of Johnny Cash. Road-tested and always road-ready, The Church of Cash is celebrating the soul of American music.
Whether you are an ‘ol timer that grew up listening to Mr. Cash in your tractor, or a young soldier driving your tank across the deserts of the Middle East with the Man in Black in your headphones, the Church of Cash will bring his music, with style and energy, to fans everywhere.
What the Church of Cash has that no one else can match is their loyalty to the song and the message that Johnny left to all of us. The band merely keeps this word alive with a youthful spirit that has entertained audiences completely.
Church of Cash takes the stage at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28. A cash bar and concessions will be available in the dining room. Tickets are available at the door, or in advance at City Drug, Betty’s in Fort Frances and J&D Foods Littlefork. Adult tickets are $12, children ages 6 to 18 are $5, and kids 5 and under are free.
For more information, please contact Backus Community Center, 900 5th Street, International Falls, (218) 285-7225 or go online at