JONESBORO – Great seats remain on sale for the Cash cotton field concert scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 21 in Dyess as part of the Johnny Cash Heritage Festival. The concert, which will be held in the former cotton field adjacent to the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home, will feature Grammy Award-winning artists Rosanne Cash and Kris Kristofferson, along with Joanne and Tommy Cash, and Buddy Jewell.
Reserved seating at the $100 level is sold out, but $50 reserved chair seating and $25 general admission tickets remain on sale. General admission ticket holders are welcome to bring lawn chairs and blankets.
Rosanne Cash, the eldest daughter of Johnny Cash, has charted 21 Top 40 country singles, including 11 songs that reached No. 1. Many of her songs have been crossover hits, landing on both the country and pop charts. She has won multiple Grammy Awards, including three Grammys in 2015 for her album, The River and the Thread, and has been nominated 12 times. Also in 2015, she was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.
One of the great songwriters in American history, Kristofferson is the recipient of countless awards, including multiple Grammys and the 1977 Golden Globe for Best Actor for his role opposite Barbra Streisand in A Star is Born. His remarkable success as a songwriter began in the 1970s when his songsMe and Bobby McGee, Help Me Make it Through the Night, Sunday Morning Coming Down and For the Good Times all topped the charts and helped redefine country music songwriting. In 2004, Kristofferson was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Joanne, the sixth of seven children in the Cash family, and Tommy, the youngest, were born and reared at the family home in Dyess and will do a “Cash Homecoming” performance. Joanne has a gospel music ministry at the Nashville Cowboy Church, which she co-founded with her husband, Dr. Harry Yates. Tommy is a frequent performer in concerts around the world, singing his many hits including Six White Horses, Rise and Shine, The Cowboy and the Lady and Gypsy Woman.
Buddy Jewell surged onto the country music scene after winning the inaugural season of the USA Network’s hit television series Nashville Star. Soon after, he released his self-titled debut album Buddy Jewell, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top Country Album charts as well as #13 on the Top 100 Pop Album Charts. His first two singles, Sweet Southern Comfort and Help Pour Out the Rain (Lacey’s Song) both landed in the top 5 on the singles chart.
Jewell will open the concert at 12:15 p.m., followed by Joanne and Tommy Cash at 1:30 p.m. Kristofferson and Rosanne Cash are scheduled for 3 p.m.
Scheduled for Oct. 19-21, the Johnny Cash Heritage Festival also will include will include a symposium from Thursday afternoon through Saturday morning in the Dyess Colony Circle, regional music in the Colony Circle on Thursday and Friday nights, a Memories of a Lifetime oral history project, and food vendors, arts and crafts booths, and demonstrations throughout the three days.
All of the Saturday afternoon performances are included in the price of the inaugural concert ticket. Ticket holders will also have access throughout the afternoon to food vendors, arts and crafts booths, and artists’ merchandise. Tickets are on sale now and available online, http://www.AState.edu/tickets, or at the Central Box Office on the A-State campus (lower red entrance), or by calling 870-972-2781 or 800-745-3000.
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Featured photo: Johnny Cash Boyhood Home in a field near Dyess, Arkansas