Welcome to the Gary West Press Kit Page.
National touring artist Gary West and his scintillating show “For the Love of Cash,” are like no other. West delivers a unique and dynamic tribute to Johnny Cash and pays homage to such legends of country music as Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and others. To be clear, Gary West is NOT a Johnny Cash impersonator, though at times he sounds hauntingly like “the man in black.” West is an ENTERTAINER whose enchanting stage presence has enraptured audiences from coast to coast as one of the top-billing tribute shows in the country today. The industry has taken notice of Gary West – besides being nominated for numerous prestigious awards, his music is frequently played on top country music radio stations around the world and he is often the subject of media outlets. Gary West and his band the Nashville Players is comprised of veteran Nashville session musicians who spent their careers working with some of the greatest legends in country music.
The latest album, Heroes, Friends & Legends, dropped on May 10, 2019. An exciting video was released on September 13, 2019, for the single "One Piece at a Time", an iconic Johny Cash song which was his last #1 hit. The majority of the video was filmed at Johnny Cash's farm which is now Storytellers Hideaway Farm and Museum.
On February 23, 2019 Gary West released a duet with country music legend Leona Williams. The release of the Cash/Carter classic "jackson" earned them 8 months on the NDX singles chart and two months at the #1 spot! They also released a video for the song that has gained international attention. The album Heroes, Friends and legends, has been on the charts since October 2019 and captured the number 1 spot in Feb/March 2020.
Gary's current single "I don't do it for the money" is moving up to the #10 spot for November and now December.
Gary was recently nominated by the Academy of Western Artists for, Pure Country Male, Pure Country Album, Pure Country Duo w/Leona Williams and Pure Country song of the year "Jackson" w/Leona Williams.
National touring artist Gary West and his scintillating show “For the Love of Cash,” are like no other. West delivers a dynamic and tantalizing tribute to Johnny Cash and pays homage to such legends of country music as Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson. To be clear, Gary West is NOT a Johnny Cash impersonator, though he sounds hauntingly like “the man in black.” West is an ENTERTAINER whose sizzling stage presence has enraptured audiences from coast to coast as one of the top-billing tribute shows in the U.S. today. A respected Nashville recording artist, West produces his own music and has additionally produced and/or recorded other artists such as Ken Mellons, Mark Collie, Craig Campbell, and many more. The industry has taken notice of West. Besides being nominated for numerous prestigious awards, including “Tribute Artist of the Year” (2017), “Americana Artist of the Year” (2017), “Entertainer of the Year in the Traditional Category” (2018), and “Song of the Year” (2018) in the Classic Country Category, in 2017, a song he produced for Scotty Ray Morton was awarded “Song of the Year” by The Josie Awards. Gary West’s music is frequently played on top country music radio stations and he is often the subject of media outlets. In fact, in 2019, West captured the cover of the global music publication ION Indie Magazine as their July/August 2019 featured artist.
West has a unique perspective for the timeless music that he grew up around during his time playing with legendary artists at the Grand Ole Opry. He honed his craft while sitting backstage in Dressing Room #3 at The Opry; watching, learning, and waiting to play the next show. His Nashville journey began in 1988 when he and his band were asked to do a tour with Tommy Cash (brother of Johnny) and back him up for 30 dates that took them through most of Texas. Later that year, Gary played on the Opry stage for the first time with his hero, Grand Ole Opry star, Del Reeves. Gary continued to work with many great Opry legends over the years, including 12 years with the legendary Little Jimmy Dickens. He additionally toured with Jett Williams and The Drifting Cowboys (Hank Sr.’s original band with Don Helms and Jerry Rivers), The Legendary Drifters, Melba Montgomery, along with backing up many more -- like Johnny Paycheck, Charley Pride, LuLu Roman, Porter Wagoner, Hank Thompson, and many more. Gary West and his band the Nashville Players is comprised of veteran Nashville session musicians who spent their careers working with some of the greatest legends in country music.
West brings to his growing, devoted fanbase who flock to experience West’s unique and authentic performances, his voracious vocals, and his unique reimagining of classic songs -- as well as his original songs that resound like beloved standards from the very first time you hear them. Backed by a team of “the best of the best” Nashville musicians who have played for dozens of country music legends and Grand Ole Opry stars.
But it perhaps best summed up in the words of Little Jimmy Dickens, which are inscribed onto Gary’s Gibson J-200, “This man is hard to follow, hard to follow.”
Things you can expect at a Gary West Show:
* Professional Nashville musicians dressed in black and white suits
* Stellar musicianship and showmanship
* State-of-the-Art sound system and production
* An amazing musical experience
* Impromptu impersonations; fun, laughter
* Music that moves your soul
* A band comprised of professionals and long-time friends who love what they are doing -- and it shows!
Things you should NOT expect:
* Gary in a wig and/or makeup impersonating Johnny Cash
* A band dressed like they just came from a weekend campout
* Dancers, flashing lights, strobe lights, or flash pots
* Current country music
This authentic country music show is performed by legendary Nashville musicians who played for some of the greatest legends in country music. “For the Love of Cash” will soon to be in its sixth consecutive season.
In addition to Johnny Cash, the show features music from The Highwaymen, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and Kris Kristofferson. There is also at least a half-dozen impersonations from Ray Charles to John Conlee; to Edith Bunker, Aunt Bee, and Hank Hill…and whoever else Gary may decide to spontaneously channel. Gary's original music has become well known by his growing fanbase. This fresh country music has audiences singing along and wanting more of his fun songs like "I ain't playin' no Jason Aldean", Right, Travelin' Man, and now "I don't do it for there money".
On October 23, 2020 Gary's much anticipated original, "I don't do it for the money" (I do it for the love of Cash), will be released and available world-wide. This is the song behind the show and addresses the frequently asked question, "why do you play all this Johnny Cash music?"
The latest album, Heroes, Friends & Legends, dropped on May 10, 2019. An exciting video was released on September 13, 2019, for the single "One Piece at a Time", an iconic Johnny Cash song which was The Man in Black's last #1 hit.
The majority of the video for "One Piece at a Time" was filmed at Johnny Cash's farm, which is now Storytellers Hideaway Farm and Museum. The single is currently available for individual purchase.
On Feb 23, 2019 Gary West released a duet with country music legend Leona Williams. The release of the Cash/Carter classic "Jackson" earned them 8 months on the NDX singles chart and two months at the #1 spot!
The album Heroes, Friends and Legends has been on the charts since October 2019 and captured the number 1 spot in Feb/March 2020. They also released a video for the song that has gained international attention.
Examples of events and venues Gary and the band have performed are listed below:
PHEASANTS FOREVER NATIONAL CONVENTION: 2016, 2017
WHITTINGTON CENTER, RATON, NM: 2015, 2016, 2017
CARLSON SOFTWARE: 2017 -- 2019
SMITHFIELD FOODS: 2018 -- 2019
SANFORD HEALTHCARE: 2018
ABC BUS COMPANY: 2017
STORYTELLERS MUSEUM AND HIDEAWAY FARM (Johnny Cash’s Farm): 2017, 2019
ROCK CRUSHER CANYON, Crystal River, FL: 2019
BEREA NATIONAL RIB FEST, Berea, OH: 2017, 2018, 2019
SINCLAIR LEWIS DAYS, Sauk Centre, MN: 2018, 2019
HOEDOWN ON THE HARPETH, Kingston Springs, TN: 2017
MAIN STREET SQUARE CONCERT SERIES, Rapid City, SD: 2017
DOWNTOWN FRIDAY NIGHTS, Spearfish, SD: 2017
WAYLON FEST (Loretta Lynn’s Dude Ranch) Hurricane Mills, TN: 2016
BLAST IN THE VALLEY, Renfro Valley, KY: 2017
LAKEFEST, Jamestown, KY: 2017
BLOCK BASH, French Lick, IN: 2017, 2019
MOONSHINE FESTIVAL, New Straitsville, OH: 2017
MINNESOTA STATE FAIR, Minneapolis, MN: 2019
THE HISTORIC PALACE THEATER, Crossville, TN: 2017, 2018, 2019
THE TASSEL PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE, Holdrege, NE: 2018
SANDIA RESORT AND CASINO, Albuquerque, NM: 2017
THE WASHINGTON THEATER, Maysville, KY: 2018
H.J. RICKS CENTRE FOR THE ARTS, Greenfield, IN: 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
MOUNT DORA COMMUNITY BUILDING, Mount Dora, FL: 2019
GRANADA THEATRE, Mt Vernon, IL: 2017
ROCK CRUSHER CANYON, Crystal Lake, FL: 2018
THE NASHVILLE PALACE, Nashville, TN: 2016, 2018
LEE’S LIQUOR LOUNGE, Minneapolis, MN: 2018, 2019
THE HISTORIC EXPRESS ST JAMES HOTEL, Cimarron, NM: 2017, 2018, 2019
BUNKERS, Minneapolis, MN: 1984, 2019
MIDNITE JAMBOREE -- Ernest Tubb/Nashville, TN
WHEELS ON THE BUS TOUR -- with host Justin Reed/Amazon Show
NASHVILLE ACCESS -- with host Camo
ALL NIGHTER -- with host Marcia Campbell/WSM 650 AM
MY KIND OF COUNTRY – with host Scott Wikle
“Gary West is the real deal. He is a great singer, far above the rest. His impersonations are near perfect. I sat and watched his show for over an hour and he completely held my attention. His voice is pure country with a touch a class! I would highly recommend him for shows, fairs, and much more. The classiest tribute to Johnny Cash I have ever seen. I am proud to be his friend! ~ Tommy Cash, 2017
“This man is hard to follow, hard to follow” ~ Little Jimmy Dickens
“I’ve seen many Johnny Cash tribute artists and you guys have the best musicianship of any! Continued success” ~ Jonathan Holiff, Award-winning Director, Producer, and Author of “My Father and The Man in Black”
“Gary is a real celebration of everything that’s great about traditional country music! He’s a one-man Opry and Hee Haw all rolled into one and his original material is just as strong!” ~ Camo, Host, Nashville Access