Country singer heading to Cash’s cabin studio
Melissa Endean’s grandfather once opened for Johnny Cash.
He was a member of the Thompson Valley Boys and Cash was touring with the Tennessee Two, making his way through British Columbia in the mid-1950s.
It’s the kind of story any grandchild would delight in hearing but, for Endean, there’s a new chapter being written.
She’s been invited to go to Nashville to record with Cash’s son, John Carter Cash, some of the iconic Man in Black’s songs.
But, first, she needs to raise some money to help pay for the trip and time spent in the cabin-turned-studio where the likes of Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, Merle Haggard and George Jones — as well as Cash and his wife, June Carter — have laid down tracks.
Endean’s drawing her inspiration for her fundraiser from the Carter-Cash family: She’s planning a night of music on Monday, Dec. 21, that will include her mother, sister, aunt, niece and her grandfather’s band.
Her mother’s bringing along the choral group she belongs to Desert Sounds Harmony. Grandpa’s band is the Old-Time Fiddlers.
The Endeans — Melissa, her sister Kim, aunt Bonnie Hill and niece Elizabeth Endean-St. Pierre — will join to create the Endean Family Band for the night.
And, as the focus of the event, Melissa will also perform — and the set list will include some Cash classics.
“The Carters and Johnny Cash used to do shows like that,” Endean said, “and I just thought it would be great to do the same thing, have family there with me.”
Music has always been part of Endean’s life.
She started performing for Kamloops audiences when she was six and was touring wit the Kamloops Children’s Choir when she was 11.
By 13, she had already performed at the Merritt Mountain Music Festival and the Calgary Stampede.
In 2007, Endean moved to Vancouver, where she has released two recordings, one of which saw her track Let It Go atop Eastern Canadian jazz charts for six weeks.
Tickets for A Kamloops Country Christmas at the Pavilion Theatre on Friday, Dec. 21, are $18 each and available at the Kamloops Live Box Office, 1025 Lorne St., 250-374-5483, kamloopslive.ca.