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Festival performers remember Johnny Cash

JONESBORO,AR (KAIT)- The third annual Johnny Cash Music Festival kicked off Saturday night at the Convocation Center at Arkansas State.

The performers of the event shared memories of Johnny Cash then reminisced on the legacy he left behind.

"Every genre of music there is he influenced it," said Jimmy Fortune.

"People love him just as much or more than they ever did," said brother of Johnny Cash, Tommy Cash.

"When you heard him come through the speakers on your radio you were commanded to listen, "said headliner, Vince Gill.

Before the lights went down for tonight's show, the performers shared memories of Johnny Cash and the impact he had on everyone around him.

"Everybody remembers Johnny Cash and what an influence he's had on our lives and our music," Fortune said. 

This year marks the third year this festival has taken place on ASU's campus. Proceeds from the event go towards restoration of Johnny Cash's boyhood home.

"So many people would come from different parts of the world to see that little house that was in such disarray,"said sister of Cash, Joanne Cash Yates. "I think Johnny and our family would be very overwhelmed."

Tommy Cash said his family would be proud of the work being done at their childhood home.

"I think he would be very honored and very proud of what's going on with our home in Dyess

Gill said Cash was a great part of history.

"If you look at his history he taught you what an open mind looked like," he said. "He's a great piece of Americano, a huge piece of Americano."

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