I imagine a meeting THE legendary country music icon, Johnny Cashwould be extremely intimidating for almost anyone.
But for a young artist moving to Nashville and being one of the first people you meet, it must be downright scary.
And that’s exactly what happened Travis Tritt, as he recounted in January during an interview with Fox News host Tucker Carlson Tucker Carlson today:
“One of the first people I met when I came to Nashville was Johnny Cash – just an incredible human being, a walking contradiction.
I mean, a walking contradiction.”
The meeting took place while he was at a county radio music seminar in Nashville in 1989, where stations set up booths at a week-long event to meet artists and socialize.
Travis was there to meet as many people as possible and on the last night of the event they had a big closing event for all artists to attend.
He says this included not only the Man in Black himself, but tons of other country icons as well:
“The people that were in the room that night were Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Porter Wagoner, all these big stars of country music.”
However, the moment Johnny and June Carter entered the room, there was “a dull roar,” as Travis puts it, and the conversation died down as he walked in like he was in an “EF Hutton commercial”:
“Suddenly there was silence in the ballroom. And the only thing you could hear was people whispering – it’s Johnny Cash. It’s Johnny Cash. Johnny Cash.
And almost like a wave, you could see this crowd turning and slowly moving to one side of the room.”
To get a better look at who had just entered the room, he ran up a massive flight of stairs in the center of the ballroom, and out they came:
“I’m looking across the room and stepping out of a service elevator is Johnny Cash and his wife June Carter.”
And, similar to Dolly Parton has described their first meeting With Johnny, there was just an incredible attraction and presence that Johnny had for him that can’t really be put into words:
“And they literally took two steps into the room. There was no announcement that they were there.
They just entered the room. This man has so much attraction [had].”
Travis did, in fact, meet Johnny officially the next night, but says Johnny stayed at the event for about 15 minutes, signing autographs and taking pictures with other people.
And as scary as it must have been meeting Johnny for the first time, it’s so cool to hear real-life accounts that back up just how amazing these iconic artists were in person too.
Because just as quickly as he entered the room, Johnny was gone again, almost as if by magic:
“As Houdini-esque as he appeared, he and June got back in the elevator and were gone.”
And if you haven’t heard Tritt’s cover of “I Walk The Line,” check it out.
https://www.whiskeyriff.com/2022/10/19/johnny-cash-was-one-of-the-first-people-travis-tritt-met-in-nashville-just-an-incredible-human-being/ Johnny Cash Was One Of The First People Travis Tritt Met In Nashville: “Just An Incredible Human Being”