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Posted: Saturday, October 5, 2013 6:16 pm | Updated: 11:46 pm, Sun Oct 6, 2013.

In the 1990s, 10 years before he died, Johnny Cash recorded six albums worth of cover songs. Dubbed the American recordings, Cash paid homage to musicians he respected, like Sting and Sheryl Crow, by applying his signature old-school country style to their more modern tunes. Cash’s version of the Nine Inch Nails song “Hurt” is said to be one of the best songs Cash ever recorded.

Now 10 years later, six southern Minnesota musical groups and performers are returning the favor to the boy named Sue with a tribute show at the Paradise Center for the Arts titled “Remembering the Man in Black” on Oct. 12.

“We’ve got a lot of different styles represented by our performers,” said Rich Larson, one of the key organizers for the event. Larson is also the editor of SouthernMinn SCENE, an arts/entertainment/lifestyle magazine published by the Daily News’ parent company, Huckle Media. “I’m very excited to hear their interpretations of this great music.”

Performers include Matt Arthur, Lone Rock, the Rice County Roosters, River Town Strutters, Jon Manners and more.

“It’s really an all-star lineup,” Larson said.

Larson was particularly impressed by the performance guitar player Jon Manners is concocting. Manners intends to take on Cash’s monumental country anthem “Ghost Riders in the Sky.”

“It’s just him and an acoustic guitar,” Larson said of Manners. “But (the song) loses none of its power.”

Manners had never played Cash tunes before preparing for the Paradise event, but has found a true connection with the old country legend.

“The Cash repertoire is a rich one and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed taking some of his songs and reworking them to fit my own style which is blusey and funky, there’s certainly some rock involved, and there’s maybe even a touch of jazz,” Manners said in an email.

“Remembering the Man in Black” marks the start of an inaugural feature at the Paradise called TributeFest. Ryan Heinritz, executive director for the Paradise, said that for the past few years the arts organization has tried to find the right time and theme for a late summer or fall local music festival and fundraiser.

“For 2013, we wanted to build a more thematic event, and with the 10-year anniversary of Johnny Cash’s passing, we thought this would be perfect,” Heinritz said.

Next year, TributeFest will feature local artists riffing on music from the British Invasion, such as the Moody Blues, the Monkees, Herman’s Hermits and more.

“Remembering the Man in Black” starts at 7 p.m., just a few hours after Faribault’s Fall Festival concludes during the day. Tickets are $10 in advance, or $15 at the door.

Reach reporter Cristeta Boarini at 333-3135. Follow her on @CristetaBoarini

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