Ian Calford & The Brakemen

Strapped For Cash

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Ian is the son of British country singer Alfie Calvert, who performed between the 40's & 90's as Cal Ford and the Brakemen. Growing up, Ian would to listen to his dad singing the likes of Jimmy Rodgers, Hank Williams and Johnny Cash. Ian now performs with his own band The Railmen and also as The Brakemen, offering early rockabilly numbers from his musical hero the legendary great, Johnny Cash.

Joined by ace picker "Luther" Cummins on guitar and Marshal Stack on upright bass, Ian Calford and The Brakemen ideally re-create the distinctive chicka-boom sound of Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Two, suitably taking us back to the time when country music was full of life and soul. Opening with "When Papa Played The Dobro", Ian's strong vocals transports us instantly back in time. Jimmy Rodgers' "Brakeman's Blues" is followed by Cash's "Hey Porter" and "Folsom Prison Blues". In all we find 10 of Cash's compositions interspersed with Jimmy Skinner's, "Doin' My Time", Tex Ritter's bluesy "Boss Jack" and Roy Hogshed's "Transfusion Blues".

Ian Calford offers his own adaptation of the traditional "Frankie's Man Johnny", eagerly followed by Cash's tribute to his own great guitarist and friend Luther Perkins, with "Luther Played The Boogie". Singing passionately and with conviction, Calford and his sidemen rip it up with one of the best of Johnny Cash's earliest numbers "Get Rhythm", before taking us on a musical journey aboard the "Blue Train", to get in a little "Pickin' Time" for "Saturday Night At Hickman County".

Just sensational, Strapped For Cash makes an ideal tribute to the two men who have greatly influenced Ian's own musical career; Johnny Cash and Ian's own father Cal Ford, known throughout the UK as the Welsh Johnny Cash.




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