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Johnny Cash Music Festival, On Thursday, Aug. 4, Arkansas State University's Convocation Center was the scene of a sold-out concert-the first-ever Johnny Cash Music Festival. More than 7,000 tickets were sold, yielding $310,000, with every penny earmarked for the restoration of Johnny Cash's boyhood home in Dyess, Arkansas. Fans young and old, urban and rural, from places as close as Bono and as far away as Norway, crowded the Convocation Center to witness a behemoth concert of Cash family and friends, what Johnny Cash himself might have called "kith and kin," who had gathered in tribute to the man himself and his musical legacy and to contribute to the restoration of the New Deal-era frame house that housed Cash and his six siblings.

The multi-artist show was produced by Bill Carter, a native of Rector, Arkansas, and an alumnus of ASU.

The set was stark yet impressive, featuring a triptych of screens that featured an evolving montage of black-and-white Cash family photos, interspersed with clips of Johnny Cash performing many of his hits, including "Man in Black," "Old Chunk of Coal,"and others. 

Rosanne Carter opened the four-hour show with "Pickin' Time," and welcomed the audience, explaining the reason for the concert and introducing Kris Kristofferson, who talked about his relationship with Johnny Cash and performed an acoustic set-"Sunday Morning Comin' Down," "Here Comes that Rainbow Again," "Good Morning, John," and "Me and Bobby McGee." John Carter Cash and Laura Cash performed "If I Were a Carpenter," and Laura Cash performed "Keep on the Sunny Side."  Bill Miller sang "The Ballad of Ira Hayes," with accompaniment by Laura Cash on fiddle, and singer/songwriter John Francis and John Carter Cash performed "No One Gets Out of Here Alive."  In an earlier press conference, John Carter Cash had promised that the audience would hear "some Johnny Cash songs and some original songs by the artists, and some family favorites," and the artists made good on that, including bluegrass and gospel numbers as well. 

The concert's momentum shifted with John Carter Cash's rousing solo performances of "Folsom Prison Blues" and "Rock Island Line," followed by Tommy Cash's renditions of "Five Feet High and Rising," and "I Walk the Line," followed by Joanne Cash's version of "Suppertime."

Bluegrass duo Dailey and Vincent and members of their ensemble brought the crowd to its feet with an a cappella rendering of  "When the Roll is Called up Yonder." They then joined Laura Cash on "Billy Christian," and finished the show's centerpiece set with "Daddy Sang Bass," interspersed with "Will the Circle Be Unbroken."

Country music legend George Jones performed several songs, including "I Got Stripes" and "He Stopped Loving Her Today." Other highlights of the show included Gary Morris and Matt Morris in an ethereal rendition of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah." Jonesboro native Denny Strickland sang "Cry, Cry, Cry." Rodney Crowell and Tommy Cash performed Crowell's "I Walk the Line Revisited," a bravura piece of songwriting detailing Crowell's memories of hearing "I Walk the Line" as a child. Rosanne Cash performed the evocative "Radio Operator," "Tennessee Flattop Box," and "I Still Miss Someone" as solos, but performed "Give My Love to Rose" with Rodney and Chelsea Crowell. Kris Kristofferson offered a moving performance of "Why Me Lord," and the finale, including the entire cast and many Cash relatives onstage for the first time that night, was "Angel Band" and a reprise of "Will the Circle Be Unbroken." 

Photo by Michael Johnson, courtesy of Arkansas State University., 2011

Johnny Cash Music Festival 

Created: Aug 5, 2011


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Rosanne Cash, Rosanne Cash performs on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011, at Arkansas State University's Convocation Center for the first-ever Johnny Cash Music Festival. Photo courtesy of Dr. John B. Zibluk., 2011

Rosanne Cash 

Created: Aug 5, 2011


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Nan Kelley & Margaret Durante, GAC's Nan Kelley (left) with recent Top 20 Country Countdown guest, Margaret Durante. Photo by Christopher Coward.

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Created: Aug 2, 2011


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Alan Jackson, Alan Jackson performed in the Ford Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum on Thursday, July 28, 2011 during the announcement of plans to expand the museum.

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Alan Jackson 

Created: Aug 1, 2011


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Neal McCoy & Martina McBride, TWIN LAKES, WI - JULY 23: Singers/Songwriters Martina McBride and Neil McCoy backstage during Country Thunder music festival - Day 3 on July 23, 2011 in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Country Thunder) 

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Created: Aug 1, 2011


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Charlie Daniels, TWIN LAKES, WI - JULY 22: Charlie Daniels and troops from the Wisconsin National Guard during Country Thunder music festival - Day 2 on July 22, 2011 in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Country Thunder) 

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Charlie Daniels 

Created: Aug 1, 2011


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Jake Owen, Jake Owen’s hit single, “Barefoot Blue Jean Night,” has been digitally certified gold by the RIAA with over 550K downloads. The summer anthem is also currently No. 4 on iTunes digital country songs chart.

“Barefoot Blue Jean Night” is the fastest rising single of Jake’s career. The song is Top 10 this week, holding the No. 9 position on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart and Country Aircheck.

“I’m from Florida and I ran around barefoot my whole life,” reflects Jake. “I think when people hear me sing ‘Barefoot Blue Jean Night,’ they believe me. This song pinpoints my life right now. I think all music fans crave authenticity and this song is as realistic as it gets.”

In addition, the music video for “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” debuted on VEVO just four weeks ago and it is rapidly approaching 2 million views. “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” is the title track and first single from Jake’s forthcoming third studio album, produced by Joey Moi (Nickelback) and Rodney Clawson (co-writer of such hits as “I Saw God Today,” “Lost in This Moment”), as well as  GRAMMY® award-winning producer Tony Brown.

Pictured L to R: Gary Overton (Chairman & CEO, Sony Music Nashville), Jake Owen,Alaina Vehec (Associate Director, Digital Sales, SMN). Photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.

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Jake Owen 

Created: Jul 28, 2011


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Bill Anderson & Friends, Saturday, July 16, 2011 - The Grand Ole Opry® presented by Humana® honored one of its longest tenured members, Bill Anderson, for his 50th anniversary as an Opry member tonight.  The Country Music Hall of Fame member made his Opry debut just a few weeks before his 21st birthday and became a member less than three years later.
During his performance tonight Anderson said, “I’m more nervous tonight than I was 50 years ago!” Among the highlights of his special evening were video-taped messages from Opry members Brad Paisley and Steve Wariner and the presentation of a #50 Ryman Martin guitar by Opry Vice President and General Manager Pete Fisher. He was also honored with a surprise appearance by Alison Krauss who performed “Whiskey Lullaby” with Jon Randall and Dan Tyminski.  The song was written by Anderson and Randall and made a hit by Paisley and Krauss. 
, 2011

Bill Anderson & Friends 

Created: Jul 18, 2011


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Kenny Chesney at Red Rocks, Kenny Chesney transformed the mountainous Colorado terrain into a three-night ‘Coastal’ celebration as the superstar was joined by the legendary Joe Walsh and Chesney's "You and Tequila" partner Grace Potter on the final night of a sold-out run at the historic Red Rocks Amphitheatre last week.

The sold-out shows, part of the 2011 Corona Presents Kenny Chesney's 'Goin' Coastal' Tour, were Kenny's first at Red Rocks and the first time in five years that he's performed at any venue more than twice in a tour.

Photo by Jill Trunnell.

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Kenny Chesney at Red Rocks 

Created: Jul 12, 2011


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The LoCash Cowboys & Travel Channel's Adam Richman, The LoCash Cowboys were recently featured in a Nashville episode of "Man v. Food Nation" on the Travel Channel, hosted by Adam Richman (center). Photo courtesy of the Travel Channel., 2011

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Created: Jun 9, 2011


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Carrie Underwood, Lauren Alaina & Scotty McCreery, Carrie Underwood introduces newest American Idol runner-up Lauren Alaina and winner Scotty McCreery as they make their Grand Ole Opry debuts on Tuesday, June 7, 2011 during the Opry's star-studded CMA Music Festival show. Photo credit: Chris Hollo/2011 copyright Grand Ole Opry.

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Created: Jun 9, 2011


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Keith Urban & Tommy Emmanuel, Australian artist Tommy Emmanuel was presented with the 2011 CMA Global Country Artist Award on Monday, June 6 by superstar Keith Urban, in front of a standing room only crowd at the Chevrolet Presents the CMA Global Artist Party at The Stage in Nashville during 2011 CMA Music Festival Week.
After performing acoustically to an enthralled crowd Emmanuel was surprised when Urban joined him onstage for the presentation. The award recognizes outstanding achievement by an artist who has furthered country music's popularity and brought attention to the format in their foreign-based territory. Previous winners include Paul Brandt (Canada), Troy Cassar-Daley (Australia), Lee Kernaghan (Australia), and Jason McCoy (Canada).

"This award means so much to me because I spend 90 percent of the year on the road, traveling around the world playing music," said Emmanuel. "And I tell people about America because I love this place. I choose to live in Nashville because a lot of the roots of the music that I play are right here and in Kentucky. I've always seen it as not just my job but my calling to get out there and play music and show the younger generation that it's cool to be yourself and set your mind on being the best that you can."

Recognized internationally as one of the world's finest guitar pickers, Tommy Emmanuel has been performing for almost five decades. Chet Atkins called the two-time Grammy nominee "one of the all-time greatest guitarists on the planet." A multiple award winner, Emmanuel was known throughout Asia, Australia, and Europe before he became known in the US. His catalogue includes 20 recordings and he performs 300 concerts a year worldwide, currently he is on tour in the USA.

(l-r) CMA Chief Executive Officer Steve Moore; Urban; Emmanuel. Photo credit: Christy Walker-Watkins/AristoMedia.

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Created: Jun 9, 2011


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