Nowadays, finding someone to do justice to a country legend is as rare as finding gold on the street. Even a professional artist may sometimes fail to render one perfectly.
However, a 14-year-old boy named Haavard Nilsen just stunned everyone when he channeled his inner Johnny Cash. As a matter of fact, Cash is one of the most difficult to copy and render. His unique voice and absolutely amazing personality on stage made him distinct from the rest of the stars.
Performing the country legend’s “Folsom Prison Blues,” Nilsen surprised his teachers and schoolmates in his school’s talent show. Wearing a red flannel shirt with suspenders, he walked to the stage and rendered Cash’s 1955 hit song. Undeniably, this young man is trying to channel his “inner country,” and we think it’s adorably beautiful.
As soon as he opened his mouth with the line, “I hear the train a-comin’…,” the audience went wild. Much like Cash’s vocals, Nilsen provided the crowd with a smooth, buttery baritone voice. The most impressive part of the performance, however, is his successful attempt at hitting those extremely low notes. Johnny Cash was really known for his low-note songs, and his notes are difficult to hit. The “Man in Black” may have already passed but we believe that he would be very proud of Nilsen. This young man is without a doubt full of talent and skill.
During the musical break, he tried to walk around the stage and did a little jig for his friends. The crowd loved every second of his performance and gave him cheers and applause. Maybe, the only thing that Nilsen could have done differently was to wear all black.
We, too, loved every part of the show and we sure want to share it with you.
Check out Haavard Nilsen’s powerful take on Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues:”
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