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Johnny Cash music festival set for August

By Arkansas Online

This article was published April 14, 2011 at 3:02 p.m.


Johnny Cash was photographed during a recording session at Rick Rubin’s studio in Los Angeles in April 2002.

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."


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Arkansasbubba says... April 14, 2011 at 4:05 p.m.

Why are you having a Johnny Cash Music Festival in NE Arkansas? He is not from that area.

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jamesbarr196802232104 says... April 15, 2011 at 11:31 a.m.

What map are you looking at? He's from Dyess and that is in NE Arkansas. Seems pretty simple to me.

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Jfish says... April 15, 2011 at 11:58 a.m.

Maybe you read the wrong article bubba, he was raised in and graduated from Dyess.

( | suggest removal ) says... April 17, 2011 at 7:14 a.m.

drive on

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wmpuckett says... June 18, 2011 at 11:25 a.m.

Man the Johnny Cash Music Festival is only about 35 miles as the crow flies from where he is from.

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