Second Annual Johnny Cash Music Fest Raises Funds Proceeds Go Towards Rebuilding Boyhood Home and Funding Scholarships
Nashville, TN October 8, 2012 -- The second annual Johnny Cash Music Festival, held October 5th on the campus of Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, raised approximately $200,000 according to the show's executive producer Bill Carter. Like last year’s sold out concert, proceeds from this year’s event will fund the restoration of the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home in Dyess, Arkansas, as well as support a scholarship fund established in the international superstar’s name. This year's event starred Johnny's daughter Rosanne, who also hosed the event, Willie Nelson, Dierks Bentley and the Civil Wars. The goal is to establish the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home as a museum to honor the legacy of the Man in Black. Keeping the attraction in Cash’s hometown of Dyess will help boost the local economy. It is of interest to note another piece of historical data attached to the house. Cash’s family moved to Dyess and the 40 acres of land as part of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal. According to Carter, plans are already underway for next year's event, which will mark the 10th anniversary of Cash's death.