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Posted: Thursday, June 5, 2014 6:00 am

The Man in Black isn’t really back but fans can catch a show at the Ector Theatre that walks the line pretty closely.

The legendary Johnny Cash is gone but award-winning impersonator Bennie Wheels of Fort Worth does his part to keep the country crooner alive.

As part of his latest national tour, Wheels will perform as Johnny Cash at the Ector Theater on Friday with his band, Walkin’ The Line.

In a phone interview with Wheels, he said he keeps the show as close to Cash as possible.

“I really strive for the authentic sound, not just a note for note melody, but also the same picking style and even the same annunciation, along with the way that (Cash) delivered songs.”

W.S. "Fluke" Holland, who was Johnny Cash’s drummer for nearly 40 years, agrees that Walkin' The Line authentically refashions the sounds of Johnny Cash & The Tennessee Three. Wheels’ favorite part of his show is when he brings out his wife of 13 years, Renée, who “does a fantastic June Carter,”   Wheels said..

“I have always had a knack for copying voices and people. I’d hear popular songs, especially in classic country, and I do well in resembling people like Conway Twitty, Merle Haggard, and George Jones,” Wheels said. He also has had much success in his professional career impersonating Elvis.

During Wheels’ third visit to the Ector Theater, the audience will experience Johnny Cash as in his prime, Wheels said, his mannerisms, the style of his stance, and even the way he lifts his head between breaths.

“I do my best to look sharp. I dress in black and do my hair in a late 60s style. (Cash) was always connecting people, and that’s the main thing that I do,” Wheels said. “As an entertainer, I connect with my audience, and in that way, they’re a part of the show. I’m not just singing at them, I’m singing to them, and with them. We try to bring back memories and have a lot of fun. I would like to think Johnny Cash would be pleased.”

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