Arkansas State University and members of Johnny Cash’s hometown, Dyess, plan to turn his home into a museum.
To raise funds for the project, ASU will host the inaugural Johnny Cash Musical Festival on Thursday, Aug. 4.
Rosanne Cash, John Carter and his wife Laura Cash, Tommy Cash, George Jones and Kris Kristofferson will perform at the inaugural festival, as well as other artists that are scheduled to be announced over the next few months.
Bill Carter, of Nashville, executive director for Gaither Videos and co-founder of Rector Helping Hands has been working as the main festival founder and promoter.
“Johnny (Cash) made a great impact on music and was known world-wide,” Carter said. “He had an impact on all those he touched. There are so many people who are willing to contribute their time and talents to this festival, and the people of Dyess, and our whole area will benefit from it.”
Governor Mike Beebe has designated the day, Aug. 4, as Johnny Cash Day in Arkansas.
Tickets go on sale May 2. General admission tickets will be $37.50, $75 for a lower level package and $150 for a VIP package. For more information visit the festival website.