After sell-out shows in North America, The Kings of Country Tour will make its way down under, bringing back the music of Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and John Denver.
Ted Vigil, an accomplished drummer and singer awarded with the Rising Legend Award by the American Music Country Music Association, will embody John Denver on his first trip to Australia.
Vigil is no stranger to country music. His mother was a singer and was the one who taught him the skill.
“I love to sing. I’ve always loved music,” he said.
“My mother and I would sing together all the time and my uncle had a bluegrass band that I loved to sing and dance along to as a little boy.
“I grew up listening to John Denver, Jim Croce and James Taylor. Listening and playing Denver’s music brings back a lot of good memories for me.
Listening and playing Denver’s music brings back a lot of good memories for me.Ted Vigil
“My mother was a big fan of John. We would put his tapes on and drive to the mountains and listen to Rocky Mountain High and sing-a-long.”
On two occasions, Vigil was asked to perform at John Denver’s own Windstar Foundation – a unique honour for the Denver fan and tribute artist.
“My favourite Denver song is Take Me Home, Country Roads,” he said.
“I can relate to that song because I do a lot of driving down those country roads and it’s always good to get back home again.”
Phillip Bauer will play Johnny Cash and has been recreating the sound and the look since 1985, alongside Michael Moore who will step on stage as Willie Nelson.
“Everybody in the group is very talented,” Vigil said.
“The look and the sound is wonderful and I’m so happy to be working with these guys. I think they’re really top notch singers and performers.”
Audiences members can expect to hear all the classic hits including Take Me Home, Country Road, Annie’s Song, Thank God I’m A Country Boy, On The Road Again, Always On My Mind, To All The Girls I’ve Loved Before and so many more.
Vigil said the performance is going to be a “real trip down memory lane”.
“The show is going to be a real treat and hopefully bring back good memories for all,” he said.
- 8.30pm on May 27 at Castle Hill RSL, 77 Castle Street, Castle Hill. Tickets: $40. Bookings: 8858 4800 or castlehillrsl.com.au.