Country music royalty will be in court Saturday, Oct. 16 at the Waldo Theatre, 916 Main St./Route 220 in the village. Everard Dodge and Roseanna Rogers with Brian Gelina and Dirigo Highway will open the evening with their tribute to Johnny Cash’s Sun Studio years; and Maine’s own Fiddlin’ Tim Farrell with the Jerks of Grass will conclude the concert, which will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Lincolnville’s Rosey Gerry will emcee the evening; Gerry and Dodge are cousins, so joshing hi-jinks are in order. The Cash tribute show had its Midcoast debut two years ago at the Lincolnville Central School. Dodge of Searsmont, who ran the former Rockland Fish Pier, and Rogers of Rockland have been performing together since 2001. Both had programs for several years on WRFR-LP, Rockland’s low-power community radio station.

Rogers, who grew up in Brunswick, enjoyed a career in Nashville and around the South before returning to Maine. Once she began performing here, the kudos and awards piled up; this year, she was inducted into the Maine Country Music Association’s Hall of Fame. Dodge, who grew up on Islesboro, began his country music career more recently, but it too has been recognized with awards, including being named the Down East Country Music Association Male Vocalist of the Year a few years ago.

The duo is quick to say they are not impersonating Johnny and June Carter Cash, but rather offer their show as an homage. Both have the chops to present the couple’s oeuvre and incorporate the more recognizable vocal mannerisms. Dodge has “some black hair” and, thanks to Patricia Buck Bridal in Augusta, a black three-quarter coat to help make the right impression.

“I think the best homage to can pay to any entertainer is to sing his lyrics and do his music. I’m no Johnny Cash, but I love his music and admire him,” said Dodge.

Meanwhile, multiple award-winning Brian Gelina from Randolph, who has been playing guitar since age eight, and members of his band Dirigo Highway offer up a rockin’ rendition of the Tennessee Three.

The selected songs reflect Cash’s early rock-a-billy years. “Brian and I cut our teeth on Johnny Cash” and guitarist Gelina knows every lick of every Cash classic, said Dodge, who hinted that the Waldo gig might be the last time the tribute is staged.

“It takes a lot to get everyone together in the same place,” he said.

The Cash tribute will run about an hour. After an intermission, Farrell and the Jerks of Grass will take the stage for a closing set. A Maine Academy of Country Music Living Legend, Farrell hails from South China and is a true cornerstone of Maine music. Jerks of Grass are a high-energy bluegrass quartet from Portland with one foot in the traditional and the other in progressive roots music.

Tickets are $10, $5 for children younger than 12, and may be reserved by leaving a message at 832-6060. Part of the proceeds will benefit the venerable theater.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to