Nostalgia can color the past, puff it up. Yet even now, nearly eight years after his death, it's impossible to overstate Johnny Cash's impact on American music. During a 50-year career, he merged country, gospel, rock and R&B - and changed each in the process. Above all, the Man in Black reminded us that songs are stories and words can be weapons.

Nostalgia can color the past, puff it up. Yet even now, nearly eight years after his death, it's impossible to overstate Johnny Cash's impact on American music. During a 50-year career, he merged country, gospel, rock and R&B - and changed each in the process. Above all, the Man in Black reminded us that songs are stories and words can be weapons.

His vibrato tones, rebel howl and hard-luck ethos will be resurrected Saturday during "Cash Only - A Tribute to Johnny Cash." Ten local bands will play short sets at The Shrunken Head to raise money for the Andy Davis Memorial Fund. Admission costs $5.