The 50th Arkansas Governor’s Conference on Tourism is slated to be held in Jonesboro this February and the son of Hall of Fame musician Johnny Cash is slated to give a concert.
John Carter Cash, son of the late Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash, and his wife, Ana Cristina, will participate in a special performance on Feb. 25.
“This conference will bring together industry professionals throughout the state and will be an opportunity for Jonesboro to celebrate all the successes in tourism that are happening in Northeast Arkansas,” said Jerry Morgan, chairman of the Jonesboro Advertising and Promotion Commission.
John Carter Cash, the son of the late Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash, is an accomplished, five-time Grammy award-winning record producer, music video and film producer, writer, and director.
His wife is an American singer-songwriter raised in Miami by her Cuban parents. She recorded her first album at 16. When she was 19, she had the honor of singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the 2005 presidential inauguration, making her the first Latino in U.S. history to do so.
Johnny Cash and his family moved to Dyess in 1935, when Cash was three years old. In 2014, Arkansas State University opened the restored Cash family home and the surrounding New Deal colony as a Heritage Site.
The restoration was funded, in part, by a series of benefit concerts hosted by John Carter Cash and his sister, Rosanne Cash.
“We are so grateful to have the support of the Cash family in this project. They’ve helped us make the restoration possible, and more importantly, they’ve shared their stories and experiences to make sure that we can pass them on to our visitors,” said Dr. Adam Long, executive director of the Heritage Sites.