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Johnny Cash is a music legend, and now his boyhood home in the otherwise obscure town of Dyess in northeastern Arkansas is being turned into a museum.

Funds from the Johnny Cash Music Festival on August 4 will go towards renovating the home and creating the museum. Family members will be among those performing, as well as George Jones and Kris Kristofferson. Locals are also raising funds with an annual Dyess Day.

So what else is there to see in Dyess? It was built as an agricultural colony during the New Deal and has an interesting past and lots of historic buildings. It's also close to some beautiful natural areas such as the Ozarks and the Saint Francis Sunken Lands Wildlife Management Area. More importantly for music fans, being only an hour's drive from Memphis and Graceland, it makes a cool stop on a musical road trip through America's heartland.

Read more: http://www.gadling.com/2011/04/25/johnny-cash-childhood-home-to-become-a-museum/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+weblogsinc%2Fgadling+(Gadling)#ixzz1KXti3YQc

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Sad news,....

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Not all pioneers know exactly where they’re going, and that was definitely the case for Johnny Cash & The Tennessee Two.

Cash, guitarist Luther Perkins and bassist Marshall Grant — the last surviving member of the group who passed away Sunday morning at age 83 in Jonesboro, Ark., after an aneurysm and stroke — changed the future of American music and popular culture with their distinct boom-chicka-boom beat.

Grant fell ill after rehearsing for a concert to raise funds for the restoration of Cash’s boyhood home, said Cash’s daughter, Roseanne Cash.

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