The second annual Johnny Cash Music Festival has raised approximately $200,000 to help fund the restoration of his boyhood home in Dyess, Arkansas and to support a scholarship fund established in his name.
"A lot of people think the Johnny Cash name stands for being bad a**, and it does in a lot of ways," Dierks Bentley told Billboard, "but there's a lot more to it than just that."
His daughter, Rosanne Cash, hosted the event at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, which featured performances by Bentley, Willie Nelson, the Civil Wars and others.
"It's not just about restoring the house, but also about establishing a heritage site in Arkansas and providing scholarships for kids to go to Arkansas State University," Cash said. "This part of the country needs the attention, frankly. I think the musical importance of this area is not understood by a lot of Americans. It's time to shine a light on it."
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