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Johnny Cash’s Family Kicks Off Celebration of Country Icon’s 80th

On February 26th – what would have been Johnny Cash’s 80th birthday – his siblings, children and grandchildren will gather at his boyhood home in Dyess, Arkansas, to celebrate the upcoming restoration of the crumbling 1930s structure. Then they will head to the town’s community center to sing and share stories about the late star.

The Dyess events will kick off a busy year for the Cash estate. This summer, a separate museum will open in downtown Nashville with the most comprehensive collection of Cash artifacts ever. On April 3rd, two lost gospel albums Cash cut in the Seventies and Eighties will be released as Bootleg IV: The Soul of Truth. A few months later, Sony will put out a huge box set of everything Cash released on Sun and Columbia Records in the first three decades of his recording career, along with unreleased music. There might even be enough late-period material left in the vaults for another volume of Rick Rubin’s American Recordings series, which ended in 2010. Says son John Carter Cash, “I do believe there’s enough to warrant a release he would be proud of.”

Read more at RollingStone.com.

Johnny Cash boyhood home in Dyess, Arkansas

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