Celebrate The Man In Black At The Johnny Cash Heritage Festival

September 22nd, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Johnny Cash Heritage Festival 2017The first ever Johnny Cash Heritage Festival is scheduled for October 19th through the 21st, 2017. The three day, world-class festival will be held in the field adjacent to the Cash Home in Dyess, Arkansas and features Rosanne Cash and Kris Kristofferson.

The Johnny Cash Heritage Festival honors not just the Man in Black but also the New Deal programs that shaped his childhood in Dyess, AR. During the Great Depression, Dyess was the nation’s largest agricultural resettlement colony for impoverished farmers. Cash’s parents settled here in 1936 as part of the program and Johnny graduated from Dyess High School in 1950. Consequently, Dyess makes the perfect setting for a festival celebrating the heritage of Johnny Cash.

The Johnny Cash Heritage Festival is the logical extension of earlier Johnny Cash Music Festivals. These concerts were held from 2011 through 2014 on the university’s campus in Jonesboro to raise funds for the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home in Dyess. The inaugural festival has the blessing of the Cash family and includes performances by Joanne Cash, Tommy Cash, and Rosanne Cash.

The three-day event includes two days of Arkansas roots music in the Dyess Colony Center, featuring such celebrated local artists as Drive South and Queen Ann Hines and the Memphis Blues Masters. The event culminates with a world class concert featuring Buddy Jewell, Joanne Cash, Tommy Cash, and headliners Rosanne Cash and Kris Kristofferson. This last concert will be held in the field next to the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home, where the music legend picked cotton as a youth.

Johnny Cash Heritage Festival Concert Schedule
KASU Music Nights –
Thursday, October 19th

5pm – Rockin’ Luke Stroud
6pm – The Vikki McGee Three
7pm – Apple, Setser and Rounds with Tim Crouch and Irl Hees
8pm – Drive South

Friday, October 20th
5pm – Wil Maring and Robert Bowlin
6pm – The Creek Rocks
7pm – The Zyndall Wayne Raney Band
8pm – The Legendary Pacers
9pm – Queen Ann Hines and the Memphis Blues Masters

Johnny Cash Heritage Festival –
Saturday, October 21st

12:15pm – Buddy Jewell
1:30pm – Joanne Cash & Tommy Cash
3pm – Rosanne Cash, Kris Kristofferson

The Johnny Cash Heritage Festival also includes a public presentation series in the Dyess Colony Circle entitled: Arts and Artistry from the New Deal and Beyond. Keynote speakers are Bill McDowell and Michael Streissguth. Bill McDowell is a professor of art and art history at the University of Vermont and author of a book on the Farm Security Administration. Michael Streissguth is the author of three books on Cash and writer-producer of the documentary film on his Folsom Prison concert.

All sessions are free and open to the public but participants are asked to register for sessions in advance in order to assure their seat.

Arts and Artistry from the New Deal and Beyond
public presentation series –
Thursday, October 19th

1pm to 2pm – It’s All About Politics
2pm to 3pm – Chronicling Life and Lore Across America
3pm to 3:30pm – Aesthetics in the Music of Johnny Cash
4pm to 5pm – Cinematic Ode to the Mississippi: The River

Friday, October 20th
9am to 10am – Arkansas in Me: Keeping It Delta
10am to 11am – Spiritual Connections to the Delta
11am to 11:30am – A Long Way Around to a Lonesome Sound
1pm to 2pm – He Was Just Plain J. R.
2pm to 3pm – Delta Themes in the Music of Johnny Cash
3pm to 4pm – Art by the People and For the People
4pm to 5pm – Becoming Johnny Cash

Saturday, October 21st
9am to 11am – Featured Presentations: The New Deal and Johnny Cash
Introduction: Rosanne Cash
Bill McDowell: Resurrecting Images from The Great Depression
Michael Streissguth: American Culture and the Art of Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash Heritage Festival

October 19th through the 21st, 2017
Dyess, Arkansas
Be sure to visit the festival website for tickets and up-to-date information. You can also follow the event on Facebook.

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