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Cash for PTSD – Johnny Cash’s drummer to beat for CMHA

May 19, 2017

This June, Johnny Cash fans will be treated to the beats of Cash’s long-time drummer, “Fluke” Holland, for a three-date Ontario tour to benefit the Canadian Mental Health Association, National.

Holland will be playing alongside The Ring of Fire; A Johnny Cash Experience, which he describes as more than just your average tribute band: “There are some tribute artists that preserve the legacy of John with a sincere dedication that simply stands out above the rest. The Ring of Fire: A Johnny Cash Experience brings back so many memories to me of my nearly 4 decades of working side by side with Johnny Cash.”

Dubbed “Cash for PTSD” this concert tour is bringing mental health awareness – and genuine Johnny Cash history — to Southern Ontario, June 15, 16, 17.

When you ask Andy Vickers, frontman for Ring of Fire, why the band is supporting the Canadian Mental Health Association, he tells the story of a stalwart Johnny Cash fan who suffers from PTSD. Thrilled to win tickets to a Ring of Fire show, this fan was ultimately unable to attend due to his struggles. Vickers and his band wanted to go the extra mile. “I offered to bring the band to him, for a private acoustic show of all his favourite Cash tunes but still, his PTSD had shown its power and completely controlled his social life.” This man’s battle with PTSD inspired the band to donate its proceeds to the cause. Vickers was attracted to CMHA’s vision of a mentally health Canada, saying mental health problems also touch him personally: “I know many people and close friends who suffer from mental health conditions who miss out on life’s treasures.”

The band is will be sharing the treasure of Johnny Cash’s music on June 15 2017, at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Hamilton; June 16  at the Purple Hill Country Opry, in London (Thorndale) and June 17 at the Port Theatre in Cornwall.

Fans will also have the chance to view Cash’s original 1975 Fleetwood Cadillac, which will be on display at the June 15 date of the “Cash for PTSD” Concert.

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