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Johnny Cash’s Boyhood Home Tells The Story Of A Town

Fans still travel from around the world to see the place Johnny Cash often described as key to his development: his boyhood home in the eastern Arkansas town of Dyess. The small house will soon serve as a museum — not only as a tribute to Johnny Cash, but also to tell the history of the town.

Johnny Cash was only 3 when his parents moved into the house on 20 acres of farmland. At a concert in 1969, he recounted, “You know, we come from the flat, black delta land in Arkansas; that’s one of the places we come from. And after I got into the music field and started writing and recording and singing songs about the things I knew, I wrote a lot of songs about life as I knew it back when I was a little bitty boy.”

Listen to the full report at NPR.org.

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