The Highwaymen on Tour (1990)

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Thanks to http://ozzybeef.wordpress.com, for sharing this picture at his ‘It’s Great To Be Alive” blog.  I always get a pick-me-up from all the music he has posted there, and learn something, too.

9/9 – LITTLE ROCK – AR
9/10 – DALLAS – TX
9/11 – HOUSTON – TX
9/13 – LAS CRUCES – NM
9/14 – DENVER – CO
9/17 – TUCSON – AZ
9/18 – PHOENIX – AZ
9/19 – LAKESIDE – CA
9/20 – BAKERSFIELD – CA
9/21 – UNIVERSAL CITY – CA
9/22 – COSTS MESA – CA
9/25 – PORTLAND – OR
9/27 – SACRAMENTO – CA
9/28 – CONCORD – CA
9/29 MOUNTAIN VIEW – CA
10/1 -UNIVERSAL – CA
10/2 – FRESNO – CA
10/3 – BURBANK – CA
10/4-9 LAS VEGAS – NV

“Johnny Cash was concerned about the plight of Arkansas farmers following the televised reports of serious spring flooding.  He wanted to do something and thought of a benefit concert by the Highwaymen.  Since Barton Coliseum was available at the beginning of the group’s 1990 Southwestern United Sates tour, he started the wheels rolling.  Cash called Governor Bill Clinton who arranged for hte ticket money to be given to the Arkansas Office of Emergency Services so there would be no overhead or administrative expenses for distribution to Arkansas farmers.

So the Highwaymen were  here to give a concert.  But more than that, they were here to give their talents so that all of the proceeds ($196,437.00) from this concert can help with farm flooding relief.  The Highwaymen, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson and Johnny Cash, normally receive more than $100,000 per concert, but appeared here at no charge.  The Arkansas Democrat, radio station KSSN and KARK-TV agreed to present and promote the concert.  Arkansas businesses, corporations and individuals have donated funds to cover the remaining costs of the concert.”

Jan Coney
Wright, Arkansas

3 Responses to “The Highwaymen on Tour (1990)”

  1. Grahame Edwards says:

    This is so typical of Johnny Cash. The man quietly gave so much to others without fanfare. There are numerous stories of him helping out individuals and groups. And, after all, he had a special affinity with Arkansas farmers!! Thanks for sharing this lovely story!

  2. Joe Gall says:

    I saw the Hiwaymen in Niagara Falls, NY at the Convention Center.
    I THOUGHT it was their very 1st concert as the Hiwaymen.
    I think it was in 1990, yet you don’t have it listed I’m trying to establish the date of that show. They signed my guitar at that show.
    If you can help, I’d appreciate it
    Thanx,
    Joe

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