A Johnny Cash tribute artist coming to Epsom has spoken about how he became a musician and discovered the country legend's music.

Musician Clive John burnt his hands on an electric fire at the age of two and spent years in hospital having skin grafts.

As a result, doctors suggested playing the piano would keep his hands supple and John later learnt the guitar as well.

He was playing professionally by the age of 14.

Mr John says his love of Johnny Cash's music all started with a present from his best friend and roadie Chris who died of brain cancer 10 years ago.

He says: "Shortly before he became sick he gave me a double album of Johnny Cash's greatest hits.

"I instantly loved the sound, not knowing much about the country legend before, and he knew I would cover his songs with respect and do it well.

"Friends have said I sound more like Johnny Cash than Johnny Cash does."

But he adds: "I don’t like the show to be referred to as a tribute, it’s a celebration of Johnny Cash’s music.

"I want people to know that it’s a rollercoaster of emotions. I want to capture the essence of Johnny Cash."

John has even received accolades from the Cash family with Rosanne Cash, Johnny Cash’s daughter, saying: "Clive’s resemblance is uncanny".

The Johnny Cash Roadshow; Epsom Playhouse, Ashley Avenue, Epsom; Friday, May 8; 7.30pm; £18; call: 01372 742555/742227; visit www.epsomplayhouse.co.uk