Just off a recent tour to MS performing with Marty Stuart and Joanne Cash
Michael Patrick's Ring of Fire band helped make history on Nov 3, 2007 where
they where part of the ceremony to help Pardon Johnny Cash for his Crime in 1965
of pickin flowers (and ok.. Public Drunkeness) in Starkville, MS. It was a
festival about redemption which spoke volumes about the kind of man Johnny Cash
was and his contributions to the world. It was at this performance where Michael
met members of Johnny's family and received the greatest compliment of all from
Johnny's own daughtor "Kathy Cash". She said she heard the band from her hotel
window closed her eyes and could hear Dad!
Michael Patrick's "Ring of Fire" band stems from central NJ and is an
offspring of the successful country-rock group entitled "The Suburban
Hillbillies." While the original band continues to tour locally, it's
members have put together this special project.. A tribute show to honor
and pay homage to one of their musical icons - Mr Johnny Cash!
In recent years
the group and its members have shared the stage with Marty
Stuart, John Carter Cash, Steve Earle, Hot Tuna, THe Outlaws,
Gary Allan, Jimmy Tittle, Marshall Tucker Band,
Commander Cody, Bill Kirchen, David Allan Coe and more
Michael Patrick and his legendary band of "Suburban Hillbillies " have made a
commitment to the revival of country, folk and roots music in
their homeland of New Jersey. Obviously not a hotbed or
breeding ground for the Next Nashville Star, Michael and his
band (including members: Dan Markovitch - Lead Gtr/Vocals,
Mike Rosenow - Bass, and Drummer -Kevin Johnson) have made
incredible strides and carved out a comfortable niche along
with a handful of other local performers in fulfilling a
desire for something different, gritty, raw and real in New
Years ago Michael found himself captivated by the simplicity, sincerity
and expressive deep voice exuded in the music of Johnny Cash songs. In
an expedition to further explore the music and its roots, he planned a
trip to Nashville in September of 2003. Sadly to say, his arrival in
Nashville also marked the day of Johnny's passing on 9/12/03. It was a week of
music, history, and education Michael will never forget. As time drove
on, Michael set out to discover more & more about his musical icon and
incorporated many of Cash's songs into his bands set lists. In addition
he has organized benefit tribute concerts, and many local area
performances to honor the music of the Man in Black. His efforts have
received national attention with many feature stories in various print
and web media publications.
With the release of the recent hit Movie "Walk the Line" in addition to
the Broadway musical "Ring of fire", the "spirit of Cash" is in the air
and plans to stick around for a long time to come.
"I laugh" (quotes Michael) when young children request songs like "Ring
of Fire" because they heard it in their favorite Video Game.. It serves
as a reminder that this music is timeless and crosses many generations..
Even more fun is the occasional request for "That Juaqueen Phoenix
song"..... You have to love it! Young or old it is music that will
always be celebrated!
Last year the group had a full schedule entertaining folks numbering in the 10's
of thousands all over the tri-state area. From outdoor parks, clubs, casinos and
theatres.. This year promises to be even better!
RIDE THIS TRAIN.... as Johnny would say~~
We hope you can take the time out to come join us at one of our upcoming
performances (See our schedule page).
A big thanks to all our friends for their support and friendship.
We hope to see you soon!