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" I am by nature usually pretty leery of "impersonations". But after meeting and hearing Dan I realized that he was no impersonator. Dan is the "real deal." His dedication to the music of Johnny Cash, as well as his respect for the man's legacy,quicky gained my respect. It is my belief that you will feel the same. "
Ron Fairchild ----------------___------------The Oak Ridge Boys Band

 

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The DAN WHYMS STORY:

It all started for Dan Whyms when he first heard that captivating baritone voice of Johnny Cash singing 'Cry, Cry, Cry' on the family radio in the late 1950's. By 1960 he was consumed by Cash. Dan bought '45s', albums, and read every magazine and newspaper article he could find containing news of his mentor. Whyms first saw The Johnny Cash Show in the summer of 1969 at the Wisconsin State Fair in Milwaukee. The following week he purchased his first guitar and at years end could perform 10 of Cash's hits flawlessly. Dan relocated to Western Washington in the fall of 1969. By 1970 Dan formed his own band, D.W.I.. Success followed with steady club dates and radio bookings for KMPS Radio in Seattle. In 1979 D.W.I. won the local competition for the Wrangler Country Showdown.

In 1990, While vacationing in Nashville, Dan had the opportunity to perform at Tootsie's Orchid Lounge. Terri Clark, an unknown artist at the time, showed him how to operate the drum machine and turned the stage over to him. Fans couldn't believe their ears.


September 12, 2003: Black Friday - Johnny Cash dies in Nashville.
       Johnny Cash is the most recognized person both visually and vocally in the entire history of recorded music worldwide. He is voted by the industry as the #1 man in all of Country Music history. He's the only person in the Country Music Hall of Fame, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the Song Writer's Hall of Fame. In 2003 he received Album of the Year, Single of the Year and Video of the Year.
"Johnny Cash is a true American Icon and I'll proudly perform his music in tribute forever"   ---Dan Whyms, November 30, 2003
And Johnny Cash's legacy continues!

 

Johnny's alive and well in McCleary By Terry Loney - Daily world writer



DAILY WORLD - ABERDEEN WASHINGTON
TERRY LONEY

Dan Whyms of McCleary is one of the world's top Johnny Cash tribute artists.
He walks and eerie line, bringing a legend back to life, and if you think he's just cashing in on another man's fame, you need to understand that Dan Whyms loves Johnny Cash.
Whether singing or just talking, Whyms sounds just like the Hall of Fame singer.
If you close your eyes while he sings "Ring of Fire" you'd swear it was a recording by his idol.

Whyms band, Rock Island Line, features several talented musicians. He launched the tribute show after Cash died in 2003.
"I was compelled to keep his wonderful music alive," Whyms says. "There is just no one else like Johnny Cash.

Terry Loney, a Daily World writer covering East County, can be reached at (360) 532-4000, ext. 137, or at tloney@thedailyworld.com

 

THE EAST COUNTY JOURNAL - MORTON WASHINGTON
OCTOBER 25, 2006 / JEANETTE CHAMBERLAIN


October 21st Dan Whyms and Rock Island Line performed a tribute concert to the great Johnny Cash. He started out riding on the Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad train from Elbe to Mineral. While on the train he did a preview concert for the passengers. Then he and the passengers stepped off the train in Mineral and rode to the Mineral Lake Event Center.

Whyms started the concert by saying "I'm Not Johnny Cash."

If you closed your eyes you would have sworn that Johnny Cash was singing. The place was full of excited fans from all around including young children. After an encore Dan boarded the train back to Elbe.

 

THE DISPATCH - MINERAL WASHINGTON
OCTOBER 25th 2006

CASH CONCERT DRAWS CROWD TO MINERAL
by John Sparrow


Mineral was buzzing with activity on October 21st as the Mineral Lake Event Center hosted a tribute concert to the late music icon Johnny Cash. Nearly 600 people filled the old Mineral School. McCleary musician, Dan Whyms arrived by steam train aboard the Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad. Whyms was driven from the train in a black Jaguar convertible by Event Center owner Gary Johnson to the concert hall passing throngs of fans headed toward the show.
Whyms and the band delivered an hour and half two set program that brought to life the music and spirit of Johnny Cash. "I'm not Johnny Cash, I am Dan Whyms," confessed the tall singer in black at one point during the concert. "There will never be another like him."

 

MT. RAINIER SCENIC RAILROAD NEWS - OCTOBER 30th 2006

Dan Whyms, the best Johnny Cash tribute act in the country, rode the rails on the Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad on October 21st. We ran a special train to Mineral, where the passengers boarded shuttle buses for a short ride to the Mineral Lake Events Center.

Dan was accompanied by his excellent band, with the appropriate name " Rock Island Line ". They did a great job during the show.

The show was excellent, and the passengers enjoyed the ride. Dan even sang a couple of songs on board the train during the trip.

 

HOOD COUNTY NEWS - HOOD COUNTY TEXAS - March 14, 2007

JOHNNY CASH SHOW FUN, AND INFORMATIVE

Rick Mauch - Entertainment critic


From the moment he steps onstage and we hear those famous words, "Hello, I'm Johnny Cash," we are convinced the Man in Black has returned from the grave for a concert.

Of course, it is not Cash, but rather Dan Whyms, billed as the country's leading Johnny Cash tribute artist. But if you close your eyes, I challenge you to tell the difference between Cash at his best and Whyms.

Not only is Whyms a ringer for Cash himself (and not just his Voice. He looks pretty darned close to Cash), but he's also a walking encyclopedia on the man. In between songs, he tells a story that makes the concert more touching and enjoyable.

The show begins in typical Cash fashion as he opens with "Folsom Prison Blues." Then, Whyms takes us on a musical tour of some of Cash's lesser known (but still very good) hits and songs. There's wonderful tunes rarely heard like "Cry, Cry, Cry" and "I Don't Like It, But I Guess Things Happen That Way."

Whyms and the sensational Rock Island Line then return to the big hits with classics like "Sunday Morning Coming Down" and "A Boy Named Sue." During this session is also the story of Cash re-establishing his legend at Mercury Records after he was dropped by Columbia Records.

Whyms does a lot more than sing like Cash. When he plays two harmonicas at once on "Orange Blossom Special," it's one of the show's highlights. And he shows his multi-talents when he performs the voices of Cash, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristoferson, and Waylon Jennings on a song by The Highwaymen, a group featuring Cash and his three good friends in the mid-1980's.

The show includes some late-year performances by Cash, such as 1996's "Sea of Heartbreak" he recorded with Tom Petty.

Cash remains the only person ever elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. There will never be another one like him.

But if you want to see the next best thing, get to the Granbury Opera House before Saturday night.