5-year-old plays Johnny Cash like a seasoned vet

Wesley walks the line, no two ways about it
Wesley walks the line, no two ways about it

We doubt five-year-old Wesley's ever been to Reno. And we're pretty sure he's never shot a man just to watch him die. But man, check out the way this cute little tyke interprets Johnny Cash's Folsom Prison Blues in the video below.

Somewhere, the Man In Black is smiling just a little. Or maybe a lot.

Wesley, who lives in Seattle with his mom and dad, studies the guitar with a teacher named Rob Hampton. We can't tell if Rob's doing something extremely right or if Wesley just has a crazy amount of God-given talent, but his version of Folsom Prison Blues...well, it's like he's lived it.

Wesley's magic world

Even though he's only been on a real stage twice, he's imagined it dozens of times" guitar teacher Rob Hampton on his five-year-old student Wesley

"I think one of the reasons Wesley's such a great performer is that he loves to pretend he's on stage during his guitar lessons," says instructor Hampton.

"We have a routine where I say, 'One, two, three...poof!' and this transports us into the world of make-believe - where Wesley's the performer, and I'm alternately the ticket-taker, bouncer, sound crew and audience. So even though he's only been on a real stage twice, he's imagined it dozens of times."

It shows in this video. Watch young Wesley dig down into some blues - the likes of which we hope he's not yet lived.

But hey, even though he has blues you can use and he knows that love burns burns burns like a ring of fire, Wesley's still five, and he knows how to play to his audience.

Here he is doing a spot-on Hokey Pokey. Sure, he might be giving the people what they want, but pretty soon, this kid is gonna be givin' 'em what they need!

Joe Bosso

Joe is a freelance journalist who has, over the past few decades, interviewed hundreds of guitarists for Guitar WorldGuitar PlayerMusicRadar and Classic Rock. He is also a former editor of Guitar World, contributing writer for Guitar Aficionado and VP of A&R for Island Records. He’s an enthusiastic guitarist, but he’s nowhere near the likes of the people he interviews. Surprisingly, his skills are more suited to the drums. If you need a drummer for your Beatles tribute band, look him up.