This day in Willie Nelson history: Johnny Cash Music Festival (Oct 5, 2012)

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On October 5th, 2012 Willie Nelson, Dierks Bentley, Rosanne Cash and The Civil Wars performed at the Johnny Cash Music Festival, a benefit in Jonesboro, Arkansas, that raised $200,000 toward the restoration of Johnny Cash’s boyhood home.

The second annual Johnny Cash Music Festival raised approximately $200,000 to help fund the restoration of his boyhood home in Dyess, Ark., and to support a scholarship fund established in his name. His daughter, Rosanne Cash, hosted second annual festival at Arkansas State University.

For more information on the projects and fundraiser:
www.JohnnyCashMusicFest.com.

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On August 16, 2014, after years of fundraising and restoration work, Johnny Cash’s boyhood home in Dyess, Arkansas was opened to the public as a museum. Hundreds turned out for the dedication ceremony at the Dyess Administration Building. Featured in the video are Arkansas State University System President Chip Welch, daughter Rosanne Cash, brother Tommy Cash and Dr. Ruth Hawkins, who oversaw the project as executive director of ASU’s Arkansas Heritage Sites program. Johnny Cash often spoke about the impact his childhood in Dyess had on him and many of his songs, including “Five Feet High and Rising” and “Pickin’ Time” were set there.

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