Johnny Cash Music Festival

Oct 5th, 2012 @ 7:00 pm < Previous Page

ASU-Jonesboro:  Officials set date for second annual Johnny Cash Music

Festival at Arkansas State University


UPDATE: Lineup includes Roseanne Cash, Willie Nelson, Dierks Bentley and the Civil Wars. 



            JONESBORO — Bill Carter, executive producer of the Johnny Cash

Music Festival, announced Tuesday during the Arkansas Governor’s Conference on Tourism that the second annual music festival will be held Oct. 5, at Arkansas State University. Johnny Cash’s daughter, Rosanne Cash, will host the 2012 festival. Talent for the concert will be announced at a later date.

            The long anticipated announcement was made during the final day

of the tourism conference in West Memphis. Members of the Arkansas tourism industry met for the 38th Governor’s Conference, bringing participants from hotels, restaurants, communities and events together to present attractions happening in 2012. The theme is “Arkansas Tourism: Building Bridges for Today’s Travelers.”

            “We are excited to bring back the Johnny Cash Music Festival for

a second year,” said Christy Valentine, Executive Director for

Communications at ASU. “Last year’s festival was a great success, and

support of the event went a long way in helping to finance the restoration

of Johnny Cash’s boyhood home. This home is truly a part of Arkansas history and should be preserved to mark the humble Arkansas beginnings of a great talent.”

            Valentinewent on to say that everyone associated with the Cash

project hopes the 2012 festival will draw even more support than the 2011

concert that was a sell-out with over 7,000 tickets. Ticket and souvenir

sales yielded more than $310,000 for the restoration of Johnny Cash’s

boyhood home. Cash fans from all over the United States, as well as several

countries, were in attendance. The concert featured music legends Rosanne

Cash, her brother John Carter Cash and his wife Laura, Johnny’s sister

Joanne Cash Yates and brother Tommy Cash, Kris Kristofferson, George Jones, Bill Miller, bluegrass duo Dailey and Vincent,Gary Morris and son Matt

Morris, Denny Strickland and Rodney Crowell.

            Hundreds of Johnny Cash fans traveled to Dyess Feb. 26 to join

the Cash family in the celebration of Johnny’s 80th birthday. The tribute

launched a national fund-raising campaign for the Dyess project. The total

cost of the project that includesrestoration and construction needs and

endowment needs, totals $7.4 million.

            A national advisory council has been formed and includes

singers/actors Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson as honorary co-chairmen.

Cash family members are represented with Rosanne Cash and her husband John Leventhal, and John Carter Cash and wife Laura serving as co-chairs.

            In addition, an Arkansas Steering Committee has been formed and

includes co-chairs Mike and Marsha Gibson, A.J. Henson, and J.E. Huff.

            For more information about the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home Project

and the Johnny Cash Music Festival, log onto<> or contact

the Arkansas Heritage Sites Office at Arkansas State University at

1-888-225-8343 or 1-870-972-2803.