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Stanley Cup Final postcard: Nashville

NHL.com's Lisa Dillman, Tim Campbell enjoy visit to Johnny Cash Museum

by Lisa Dillman @reallisa / NHL.com Staff Writer

NASHVILLE -- When Columbo showed up, I knew Johnny Cash was in serious trouble.

Wasn't everyone?

Cash once appeared in an episode of "Columbo" called "Swan Song" during the third season of the television series in 1974. He played a gospel singing star -- yes, a stretch -- up to no good. As always, good prevailed over evil in the form of the rumpled rain-coated detective Columbo played by actor Peter Falk.

This was all revealed in an afternoon visit with NHL.com colleague Tim Campbell to the Johnny Cash Museum on Saturday. It served as a chance to escape the heat, slip away from Game 3 Stanley Cup Final pregame hoopla and learn something about the man in black's singing and acting career.

There was no better place to do so.

One of the many highlights in the museum is a video detailing Cash's various acting gigs through the years, including a "Saturday Night Live" appearance.  

And who knew that Cash once appeared in a movie with a child actor named Ron Howard?

They were together in the 1961 film "Five Minutes To Live."

 

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(Young Ron showed serious acting chops, by the way, playing a terrified child)

The museum is in downtown Nashville (119 3rd Avenue South), open seven days a week and costs $18.95 to get in the door. Closing time was 7 p.m. CT, conveniently timed with puck drop at Bridgestone Arena.

My concert-going history is varied and extensive -- even a Garth Brooks excursion in 2007 -- but unfortunately did not include seeing a performance by Cash, who died in 2003 at 71.

Cash happened to come up a few times over the years in chats with former Los Angeles Kings coach Darryl Sutter.

One memorable time was with several of us talking with Sutter leading up to the NHL Coors Light Stadium Series game between the Kings and San Jose Sharks at Levi's Stadium in 2015.

Rock star John Fogerty was the headliner booked for the game's entertainment. Naturally, everyone has an all-time wish list, a music bucket list.

Who would Sutter like to hear perform at a game?

"Johnny Cash," Sutter said.

Alas, the next best thing will be hearing singers attempting to cover Cash's greatest hits. It's telling, and very cool, that Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban hit the stage at Tootsie's and sang Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues" weeks after he was traded from the Montreal Canadiens to Nashville.

Who knows?

Maybe Subban will do it again.

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