On Saturday (Feb. 25), John Carter Cash and his wife Ana Cristina Cash performed at Nashville SC’s ‘Man In Black’ home opener at GEODIS Park to honor the life and legacy of his father Johnny Cash.
In front of a near sold-out crowd on the eve of Johnny Cash’s 91st birthday, John Carter performed the Nashville SC Guitar Riff to kick off the match, which was then followed by a touching halftime performance tribute alongside Ana Cristina, which included a medley of Johnny Cash hits including “I Walk The Line” and “Ring of Fire.”
The game—which resulted in a 2-0 win over New York City FC—marked the first time that Nashville SC donned their new ‘Man in Black’ Kit. Designed to honor the legacy and life of one of the most influential singer-songwriters of all time—and created in collaboration with the estate of Johnny Cash, Sandbox Succession, and Wasserman Music—the jersey is embellished by dark graphite and iron metallic accents including a jocktag of Johnny Cash’s iconic photo at Folsom Prison and Cash’s autograph on the back-of-the-neck.
In the spirit of the Man in Black Match, Nashville SC player Walker Zimmerman celebrated his opening goal—and first Nashville SC goal of the season—by using the corner flag as a mic to sing “Ring Of Fire.” The match also included performances from country singer-songwriter Abbey Cone, sister duo Tigirlily Gold, Walker Montgomery and DJ-Wooddrowe.
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