Vince Gill, Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, Jimmy Fortune of the Statler Brothers and Joanne Cash Yates will perform at the third annual Johnny Cash Music Festival. Hosted by Tommy Carter, the event will take place August 17 at Arkansas State University’s Convocation Center in Jonesboro, Arkansas.
Proceeds from this year’s event will again fund the restoration of the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home in Dyess, Arkansas, as well as support a scholarship fund established in Johnny Cash’s memory. To date, four students are attending ASU on the scholarship.
“We have been extremely happy not only with the progress on Johnny’s boyhood home, but also with the funding of this scholarship,” Bill Carter, festival founder, said. “Johnny’s family made it clear from the start that giving children from his hometown area an opportunity to get a college education is something Johnny would have been very proud of. Likewise, the Dyess area will benefit from the economic boost we feel certain this museum will bring to the community. We’re grateful to the artists who are coming in this year to put on a great show for a great cause.”
The restoration of the home is well underway and projected to open in the Spring of 2014. The goal is to establish the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home as a museum to honor Johnny Cash’s legacy. Keeping the attraction in his hometown of Dyess will help boost the local economy. The Cash family moved to Dyess and the 40 acres of land as part of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal.
“We have made great progress on the actual restoration of the house and are now working with members of the Cash family on acquiring the appropriate furnishings, which are being carefully researched,” Dr. Ruth Hawkins, director of Arkansas Heritage Sites, said. “Thanks to Joanne’s and Tommy’s great memories, it’s going to seem as if the Cash family has just stepped outside the door to head to church.”
Tickets for the Johnny Cash Music Festival will go on sale April 1 and are available at ASU’s Central Box Office and online at www.tickets.astate.edu. Tickets can also be purchased at www.johnnycashmusicfest.com or by calling 1-888-278-3267.