Nelson & Family to perform at Johnny Cash Music Fest (Friday, October 5, 2012)


“John Carter Cash at Arkansas State University this morning to announce the line up for this year’s Johnny Cash Musicfest. This year’s lineup will include Rosanne Cash, Willie Nelson, Dierks Bentley and The Civil Wars. The concert will be held Friday, October 5th at ASU’s Convocation Center. Tickets go on sale tomorrow. All proceeds benefit the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home Restoration Project. Don’t miss it!

The annual Johnny Cash Music Fest is set for Friday, October 5th at Arkansas State University’s Convocation Center in Jonesboro. For more information and updates on the festival, visit. The Johnny Cash Music Festival is presented annually by the Arkansas State University, with participation by the Cash family, to benefit the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home Project in Dyess, Arkansas. This project involves establishing a museum to honor the Johnny Cash legacy as well as restoring or re-creating his boyhood home. For more information on the Dyess Restoration Project, click here.

The Festival

This history-making event came about through a serendipitous conversation with Arkansas State University alumnus Bill Carter, a television producer in Nashville, during the Homecoming festivities at ASU.  When Bill learned that his alma mater was attempting to acquire and restore the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home in Dyess, he immediately agreed to produce a benefit concert, provided that it met with the approval of the Cash family.

The Cash family not only endorsed Bill’s idea, but Rosanne Cash and John Carter Cash offered to help plan the festival and co-host the concert.  The artists in the inaugural line-up donated their time, and numerous sponsors contributed to travel expenses and production costs, meaning 100 percent of the ticket sales went to the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home Project.

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