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Area Entertainment: Man In Black

I had the pleasure to speak recently with Shawn Barker. He shared so much about his passion to pay a tribute to the late Johnny Cash.  

An Army Veteran, Shawn started professionally in the "music business" in the mid-nineties after he served our country. Prior to representing Johnny Cash, he paid tribute to Elvis Presley. He has toured in many countries and cities. Some of the countries include Australia, France, Belgium and Germany to name a few. He has toured the states in the USA. His wife, Jessica Barker portrays June Carter in the show. He has performed before thousands of people and has enjoyed it immensely. 

Shawn has created and produced this show on his own for over 20 years. They are not a part of the Legends show—this is his own portrayal show. Shawn performs songs from the Sun Records era to the Folsom and San Quentin prison shows, all the way to the TV show, to the final Cash recordings in the early 2000s. He lived and performed in a favorite place of Quebec, Canada for eight years. He has sold over a million tickets during his touring career. 

Shawn has toured with another well-known Branson performer, Dean Z: the Ultimate Elvis. They toured as a Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley tribute show in Australia for a few years.  

During his Branson show he will have a full band, share video backdrops and real stories of Johnny Cash. I am looking forward to attending this show and getting a more up close and personal visit with Shawn and the band, to report at a later time. 

You may check show schedules and order tickets online at or at Pepsi Legends Theatre, 1600 W. 76 Country Blvd., Branson; or phone the box office at 417-339-3003. Shawn’s show begins Sunday, June 2 with shows on Sundays and Wednesdays at 3 p.m. on specific dates in Branson.

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