Johnny Cash’s Childhood Home to Be Restored With Funds From Honorary Music Festival
The childhood home of legendary music icon Johnny Cash is being restored, thanks to a little help from ... well, Johnny Cash.
The Dyess, Ark. home was recently purchased by Arkansas State University with plans to renovate, so the school has instated the Johnny Cash Music Festival to help fund the effort.
"This is an incredible, special, emotional day for the Cash family," Rosanne Cash said during a press conference on April 14, according to Spinner. "Dad always held this area dear to his heart. This will be something that people will be able to see and touch."
Cash inhabited the home throughout his childhood and through high school graduation in 1950. It has two bedrooms, a living room, a dining room, a kitchen and an outside toilet, and will soon become a museum to honor Cash, who passed in 2003.
The festival is scheduled for August 4 at the university's Convention Center, and includes a lineup that boasts performances from the late singer's family and friends. Rosanne Cash, John Carter and Laura Cash, Tommy Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Rodney Crowell, Chelsea Crowell, George Jones, and Gary Morris will be available to play, with more artists TBA. If things go well, the school hopes to make the fest an annual occurrence.
Tickets go on sale May 2, and special VIP tickets will be available to allow diehard fans to meet the Cash family.