Country Stars Raise $200,000 to Restore Johnny Cash Boyhood Home

1:37 PM PST 10/08/2012 by Shirley Halperin
Courtesy of Arkansas State University
L to R: Dierks Bentley, Tommy Cash, Joanne Cash Yates (Johnny's brother and sister), Rosanne Cash, Joy Williams and John Paul White, The Civil Wars

Dierks Bentley, the Civil Wars, Rosanne Cash and Willie Nelson performed at Arkansas State University, some 50 miles from where the Man in Black grew up.

Country stars Dierks Bentley, the Civil Wars, Rosanne Cash and Willie Nelson helped raise $200,000 for the restoration of Johnny Cash's boyhood home in Dyess, Ark.

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The artists came together on Friday, Oct. 5 for for the second annual Johnny Cash Music Fest on the Arkansas State University campus in nearby Jonesboro. Ticket sales from the sold-out concert will fund the estimated $1 million it will cost to restore the house (see photo below), which sits on 40 acres of land that the Cash family claimed as part of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal.

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A portions of the money collected will also support a scholarship fund established in the Man in Black's name.

According to the show's executive producer Bill Carter, plans are already underway for next year's event, which will mark the 10th anniversary of Cash's death.

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