Front & Center

Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun June 19, 2016

From Benton to ZZ Top and back, musician has heart for kids

Lisa Lakey

He remembers it was 1966, and the gymnasium in Dyess, Arkansas, was hot. He was 9 years old, and the musician, a local artist come home, was set to take the stage soon. “I watched The Statler Brothers, the comedian, June come out, and I had sort of heard of all of them,” Michael Shipp said. “But then Johnny Cash came out and started with “Folsom Prison Blues.” I remember thinking at 9, ‘That’s what I want to do.’” Shipp grew up in nearb... READ MORE