I Hear the Train a Comin’…a celebration of Johnny Cash

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A decade after his 2003 death, Johnny Cash remains a popular figure with million-dollar sales. A celebration of what would have been his 80th year started last spring and efforts to preserve his legacy continue in Nashville and his birthplace in Arkansas. The Johnny Cash Museum formally opened in downtown Nashville last week and efforts are underway to save Cash’s childhood home in Dyess, Ark.

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A yearlong celebration of Johnny Cash’s legacy will come to an end this week with the issue of a new postal stamp and free public concert in Nashville, Tennessee.

The new Johnny Cash Forever stamp goes on sale Wednesday and to celebrate Cash’s son, John Carter Cash, and several friends and family members will gather at Ryman Auditorium. The stamp is based around a promotional shot for the 1963 album “Ring of Fire: The Best of Johnny Cash.


“It just truly embodies my father’s spirit, who he was,”  said the son, John Carter Cash. “It’s different. That’s one thing: It stands out to me as being unique. It’s very commanding when you see the stamp.”

Wednesday’s concert at the Ryman features Cash family members, including the late singer’s brother and sister, Tommy Cash and Joanne Cash Yates, and friends Randy Travis, Marty Stuart, Larry Gatlin and The Oak Ridge Boys. Jamey Johnson and The Roys also are scheduled to perform.

On May 30, 2013, a new museum dedicated to the life of Johnny Cash opened. The museum in Nashville, Tennessee, was set up by wife and husband team Shannon and Bill Miller. http://www.nme.com/news/johnny-cash/70617#KWuKz82wmaIkkd6D.99

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W.S Holland (Johnny’s drummer) Bill Miller (Museum Founder) and Dave Roe Rorick (Johnny’s bass player) on stage at the VIP opening of The Johnny Cash Museum.

The limited-edition stamp, part of the U.S. Postal Service’s Music Icon Series, will be on sale at the concert and at the Country Music Association Festival later this week.

“He had sort of a magic and a charisma about him,” Cash said. “If he walked into the room and your back was turned, you felt the change. He had that strength about him. That legacy that he began still lives on in many ways. It’s still alive in the hearts of fans.”



Thank you to the Tennessean, the Museum of Johnny Cash, and the Johnny Cash Facebook page for the photographs I used in this blog.





3 thoughts on “I Hear the Train a Comin’…a celebration of Johnny Cash

  1. Dear Eileen, Nashville is such a FANTASTIC place. If you do decide to leave it, it sure seems like it would be a very hard decision—unless, of course, you could visit it often. With lots of love, Harriet and Steven

  2. Thanks for sharing about this…I loved the old museum in Henderson, TN! I do find a little irony that his museum is in Nashville, considering what he thought of the Country Music Industry. Great blog, I’ll be coming back!


    • Thanks daddy bird for reading my blog! I love your blog,I make my own orange juice every morning with the Hurom juicer, yummy!!
      Congratulations on a new baby on the way! Isn’t it funny how mamma bird’s pancakes always taste better than the dad’s? My daughter is in agreement on that!

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