Holding a black guitar, dressed in black and maintaining a solemn attitude, Gary Phelps stepped to the microphone.
He looked into the audience and addressed the crowd in the same way he has for decades. Before he played a note of famous hits such as “I Walk the Line” or “Ring of Fire,” he gave a short introduction.
“Hello, I’m Johnny Cash,” he said.
Phelps, a Franklin resident, has been transforming into his country music hero for almost 40 years. On weekends and for special events, he dons his black outfit and picks up his guitar. His voice changes into Cash’s trademark tone, and the cadence slows to molasses.