Arkansas State University and other community partners, which hope to preserve the legacy of Dyess native Johnny Cash as well as the Delta area where he was raised, announced Thursday that a music festival in Cash's honor will be held this August in Jonesboro.
The Johnny Cash Music Festival will take place August 4 at ASU's Convocation Center and will feature such country music notables as Rosanne Cash, John Carter and Laura Cash, Tommy Cash, George Jones, Kris Kristofferson, Daily & Vincent, Gary Morris, Rodney Crowell, and Chelsea Crowell.
The group, which has a close partnership with the Cash family, hopes the festival can become an annual event, with proceeds each year going to restoration of the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home in Dyess and the establishment of a museum. ASU recently acquired the original Cash home place in Dyess and plans to restore the structure.
Johnny Cash lived in Dyess until he graduated from high school in 1950. His music is greatly influenced by his experiences in Dyess, including such songs as "Pickin' Time" and "Five Feet High and Rising."
"I am honored and happy to be a part of this event," said Tommy Cash, Johnny's brother. "The house is not only Johnny's home, but it was also where I lived. I'm really looking forward to seeing it again."