Johnny Cash

In 2015, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson mentioned to Dr. Ruth Hawkins that Rosanne Cash, daughter of the legendary “Man in Black,” was one of his favorite performers. Hawkins, the moving force behind Arkansas State University’s Arkansas Heritage Sites, including Historic Dyess Colony: Johnny Cash Boyhood Home, saw a wonderful opportunity for a fundraiser for the …
Elvis. Johnny. Jerry Lee. Carl. Four names that would shape the face of music around the world. On Dec. 4, 1956, four young musicians got together at Sun Studios in Memphis and had an impromptu jam session. Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins (who was the only one actually at Sun …
Texarkana will be celebrating Elvis Presley’s 81st birthday with a plaque dedication January 8 at the Walk of Fame Park outside the Arkansas Municipal Auditorium at East 3rd and Walnut Street. The dedication will take place at 11:30 a.m. and will commemorate the performances by the famous singer at the auditorium in 1954 and 1955.  Presley, …
August 15 marks the one-year anniversary of the opening of Historic Dyess Colony: Johnny Cash Boyhood Home in Dyess. Dr. Ruth Hawkins was a key player behind the restoration and opening of the site. But this wasn’t her “first rodeo.” Ruth has been an integral part of tourism in the Arkansas Delta for over two …
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTdTB5vbjEI August is a music-filled month in the Arkansas Delta. If you love music, you have some great options to enjoy in August. The 4th annual Johnny Cash Music Festival concert will be held on Aug. 15 at the ASU Convocation Center in Jonesboro. This year’s performers include Loretta Lynn, Reba McEntire, Bobby Bare and …
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cF6EMSO9nxk (The above video features Johnny Cash, accompanied by his wife, June, and his sister, Louise, returning to his boyhood home in Dyess in the 1960s.) Recently the Guardian (a daily newspaper headquartered in the United Kingdom) posted a list of the paper’s top 40 “holiday” hot spots in the world. The list is quite …
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xPQ16Asyoo The 3rd annual Johnny Cash Music Festival is Aug. 17 at the ASU Convocation Center in Jonesboro. Scheduled to perform at this year’s benefit concert are Vince Gill, Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, Jimmy Fortune of the Statler Brothers, Cash’s sister Joanne Cash Yates and Johnny’s younger brother Tommy, who will also serve …
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_fqpigLXsg (The above video is from a performance at Cummins Prison in Grady, Ark., in April 1969.)   Tickets are NOW available for the 3rd annual Johnny Cash Music Festival. This year’s benefit concert will be held on Aug. 17 at the ASU Convocation Center in Jonesboro. Scheduled to perform are Vince Gill, Larry Gatlin …