Johnny Cash tribute band helps Bladen Community College celebrate 50 years at Lu Mil Vineyard

By: Brendaly Vega - Bladen Journal intern

DUBLIN — Bladen Community College recently went back in time to 1967.

Bladen Community College turns 50 in December and, to commemorate that anniversary, the Bladen Community College Foundation has been doing small events for the campus. On Saturday, the Foundation held a “Cash on the Vine” concert featuring the band Johnny Folsom 4 at Lu Mil Vineyard in Dublin.The band is a Johnny Cash tribute band.

The coordinator of the event, Linda Burney, had this concert in the works for three years.

Burney mentioned the concert was a way to get the community involved as well as give to the school. The proceeds helped to fund scholarships for the Ambassador Program at BCC. Ambassadors Kayla Pipkin, Charity Taylor and Fabiola Taylor came to the event to lend a helping hand — throwing T-shirts, stress balls, and bags from the stage out to the crowd.

“I think it’s awesome that they did this program. This helps the students continue their education when they don’t have the means to do it on their own. The community helps the college grow and the college helps the community grow,” Taylor said.

Burney thought the concert was a success and hopes to do more things like it in the future.

“I thought it was fun; I think it could be better next time,” Burney said.

The crowd clapped after every song and, at one point, a mother and her son even danced along to the music. The mother, Karen Ratliffe, said her son, Tripp Burney, was a Johnny Cash fan.

“We love the band. We try to see them as often as possible in Raleigh,” Ratliffe said.

Most audience members — some from places like Brunswick, Robeson, Columbus and Cumberland counties — sat in their lawn chairs and bobbed their heads while singing along to the music.

The lead singer of the band, David Burney, has roots in Bladen County. He thought coming back to do this concert was “really sweet,” and he enjoys playing Johnny Cash songs.

“We try to honor (Johnny Cash’s) sound,” he said. “Before this, I played in another band, and people would tell me all the time that I sounded like Johnny Cash.”

So, some of the members formed another band that plays just Johnny Cash songs with a few exceptions every now and then. The band is now 10 years old and David Burney plans to continue it for as long as possible.

At the end of the concert, the band played “I’ve been Everywhere, Man” and replaced all of the cities in the last verse with places in Bladen County. David Burney said he wanted to play a song that connected to Bladen County.

“Everybody loves Johnny Cash, even if they don’t know it yet,” David Burney said.

Brendaly Vega is a Bladen Journal summer intern from UNCP. She can be reached by calling 910-862-4163.

Brendaly Vega

Bladen Journal intern