Johnny Cash’s Footsteps Lead Tourists Back in Time
By Kyle Massey
The Historic Dyess Colony, the largest agricultural resettlement of the Depression-era New Deal, attracts history buffs and music fans from dozens of countries and every state, according to Ruth Hawkins, an Arkansas State University official who led the preservation effort.
“Typically, this is not just a side trip,” she said. “They come specifically to follow in Johnny Cash’s footsteps, and they know all about him.”
And this fall, 82 years after a 3-year-old J.R. Cash moved here with his family, thousands more will stream in for the Johnny Cash Heritage Festival, where Joanne and her brother, Tommy, will perform. Rosanne Cash, Johnny’s daughter, will headline the event along with Kris Kristofferson. Buddy Jewell, an Arkansan whose great-grandfather was a neighbor of the Cashes in Dyess, will also sing.
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