Johnny Cash Music Festival, Childhood Home Opening This Weekend

(Undated) — Johnny Cash’s childhood home is ready for visitors. Arkansas State University has been working to restore the Dyess, Arkansas house where the late country legend was raised, and will host the grand opening of The Johnny Cash Boyhood Home museum this weekend. Daughter Rosanne Cash and Johnny’s siblings Tommy and Joanne are expected to be on hand for Saturday’s event. Joanne tells the “Salinas Californian” it’s been an emotional experience, and she’s just hoping she doesn’t “break down and cry when somebody comes in.” She and Tommy helped out with the effort, sharing their memories of the house and their possessions so restorers could recreate the interior as accurately as possible.

Arkansas State University purchased the Cash home to begin the restoration in April 2011, has hosted an annual Johnny Cash Music Festival to help fund the project. This year’s concert will take place on the eve of the home’s opening. Reba McEntire, Loretta Lynn, and Bobby Bare are slated to perform at the event, which singer-comedian Mark Lowry will host at the ASU Convocation Center in Jonesboro Friday night.