The “Man In Black” touched many different artists and genres throughout his career – and beyond. The 3rd Annual Johnny Cash Music Festival on August 17 in Jonesboro, AR showcased the influence that he had on country music. Proceeds from the event go to help renovate the boyhood home of Cash in nearby Dyess, AR, as well as to fund several scholarships for local college students.
Host Tommy Cash took to the stage first, performing his older brother’s classic “Ring Of Fire.” He then introduced sister Joanne Cash Yates, who gave an emotional rendering of “I Still Miss Someone.” The siblings teamed up for the Johnny & June hit “Jackson” before Cash introduced Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers.
Closing out the night was the immensely talented Vince Gill. If the MCA recording artist has hit a bad note – vocally or on the guitar – in the last quarter-century, there’s not a record of it. Gill called everyone back out onto the stage for a closing set that included Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues” and a stunning version of “Amazing Grace” that once again, proved what great singers the Gatlin Brothers are, as Larry, Steve, and Rudy took control of the spotlight during the performance.
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Jimmy Fortune with fiddler Sydni Perry at the Johnny Cash Music Festival. (Photo credit: Michael Johnson)