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article imageJohnny Cash's boyhood home opens in Arkansas

By Markos Papadatos     Aug 19, 2014 in Music
Dyess - The grand opening of the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home took place on August 18 in Dyess, Arkansas, and hundreds of fans and friends gathered for the occasion.
This grand opening followed the sold-out Johnny Cash Music Festival that featured such Country Music Hall of Famers as Loretta Lynn, Reba McEntire and Bobby Bare. The festival was founded by Bill Carter, whom Digital Journal had the privilege to interview two months prior.
This ceremony crowned the restoration of the structure that was home to the Cash family from 1935 until 1953. Four years of concerts helped raise funds for the restoration costs of this home.
"If Dad walked into the house today, he would have been overcome," said Rosanne Cash, Johnny Cash's daughter, at the dedication ceremony, via a press statement.
This dedication took place after the fourth annual Johnny Cash Music Festival at Arkansas State University's Convocation Center on August 15. Comedian Mark Lowry served as the event emcee, and this event was a fitting homage to the late "Man in Black."
The evening of performances by three country music giants, consisted of almost four hours of non-stop hits performed for the audience. As indicated in a press release, the night included many high points, but when a true historic moment took place when Bobby Bare asked country queen Loretta Lynn to join him onstage in a performance of "God Bless America Again." Bare wrote the song, and Loretta and Conway Twitty recorded it in 1976. This marked the first time that Bare and Lynn have performed it together in concert.
The following morning on August 16, people gathered early at the Dyess Administration Building to board the shuttles for the short 2.5 mile drive to the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home. A private viewing for the Cash family was first on the agenda, as members toured the five-room home newly furnished with retrieved family items and donations.
To learn more about the Johnny Cash Music Festival, visit its homepage.
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