John Carter Cash to host annual heritage festival in October

John Carter Cash to host annual heritage festival in October
(Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Johnny and June Carter Cash's son will host the 2018 Johnny Cash Heritage Festival.

Once again, musicians and fans will fill the cotton fields surrounding the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home and in the Dyess Colony Circle in the fall.

Arkansas State University made the announcement on Friday. The second annual festival will happen Thursday, Oct. 18 through Saturday, Oct. 20 in Dyess, Arkansas.

John Carter Cash will serve as host for the festival.

The festival was sparked by music events at Arkansas State University's First National Bank Arena from 2011 - 2014.

In 2017, it was revamped and re-established, extending beyond music to feature artists on the main stage and local musicians on small stages in the colony center. The festival also features educational presentation, exhibits, and local crafts.

"I am excited to be coming back this year to host the Johnny Cash Heritage Festival," said John Carter, who co-hosted the 2011 music event in Jonesboro with Rosanne Cash. "Since its first year, I have kept it close to my heart. Rosanne and I are honored to host the festival, and our plan is to alternate, her serving one year as host, and myself the next. I believe in the mission and cannot wait to return to Arkansas and to Dyess where I still feel strong roots."

According to a news release from Arkansas State University, John Carter began as a music producer with his mother, June Carter Cash, on her album, "Press On," which won a Grammy in 1999.

He's also a singer-songwriter and author.

Programming and the artist lineup for the festival will be announced soon, according to Arkansas State University. More information will be posted at

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