A benefit Johnny Cash tribute concert, to be held April 20, 2012 in Austin, Texas, has confirmed appearances set for Willie Nelson and Sheryl Crow.
The “We Walk The Line: A Celebration of the Music of Johnny Cash” show will also include Lucinda Williams, Shooter Jennings, Jamey Johnson, Chris Cornell, John Hiatt, Ronnie Dunn, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Kenny Chesney, Kris Kristofferson, Ray LaMontagne and Amy Lee.
The Austin event is part of fundraising activities surrounding Cash’s 80th birthday, including a museum dedicated to his life and the release of Bootleg Vol. IV: The Soul of Truth, a 2-CD, 51-track collection of gospel and spiritual recordings from the 1970s and ’80s. The country and rockabilly legend died at 71 of complications from diabetes in 2003.
The new Cash museum — brainchild of Cash collector and Web site manager Bill Miller — is set to open later this year in the tourist-focused Lower Broadway section of Nashville. A number of items from the now-closed House of Cash, located in nearby Henderson, Tennessee, will be moved to this new site. Meanwhile, groundbreaking on the project to preserve Cash’s childhood home in Dyess, Ark., took place on February 26, Cash’s birthday.
A portion of proceeds from the “We Walk The Line: A Celebration of the Music of Johnny Cash” concert will be donated to Charley’s Fund, which helps in the fight against the fatal children’s disease, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Tickets for the concert, to be held the Austin City Limits Live venue’s Moody Theatre. For more, visit www.johnnycash80.com.