Loretta Lynn, Reba McEntire to Perform at Johnny Cash Music Festival

Chuck Dauphi

On the evening of August 15, three Country Music Hall of Fame members will take to the stage at the Arkansas State University Convocation Center in Jonesboro, AR to salute another Hall of Fame member: "The Man In Black." 

Reba McEntire, Bobby Bare and Loretta Lynn will perform at this year's Johnny Cash Music Festival, according to an announcement made this week by concert producer and festival founder Bill Carter. Additionally, legendary singer and comedian Mark Lowry will host the fourth annual event. Showtime is 7:00 pm and tickets go on sale Feb 28th.

"If we had any one of these four individuals on the bill, we would have an extremely successful event, but having all four at once is a real coup for the Johnny Cash Music Festival," Carter said. "The reputation of the event and generosity of the people at Arkansas State and in Jonesboro continue to grow each year. This is going to be a great show."

"I am extremely honored to be part of such a great event and worthwhile cause," Lowry said. "Johnny Cash is a legend and this concert pays homage to that and all of the great things he stood for. I am especially pleased to be hosting an event that stars not one, not two but three Country Music Hall of Fame members.  Reba, Bobby Bare and Loretta Lynn on the same bill-- that's a lot of star power in one room."

"When I was asked to perform at the Johnny Cash Music Festival, there was absolutely no hesitation," McEntire said.  "I have always had a great deal of respect for Johnny Cash, and not just because he was one of the finest entertainers, performers and recording artists this industry has ever known.  It is also because of his compassion and generosity. The fact that some of the money raised from these concerts goes into a scholarship fund to help deserving kids further their education is something I know would make him very proud.  I'm also really happy that I will be playing on the campus of Arkansas State again-- we had a great time when I performed there years ago.  Jonesboro is a very hospitable town, and I look forward to being there again." For the legendary female vocalist, the evening represents a homecoming of sorts, as Carter served as McEntire's manager for a period in the 1980s.

As in year's past, proceeds from this year's event will fund the restoration of the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home in Dyess, Arkansas, as well as support a scholarship fund established in the international superstar's name. Previous headliners at the Cash Music Festival have included Vince Gill, Willie Nelson, and George Jones.

Tickets for the Johnny Cash Music Festival will go on sale February 28th and are available from Arkansas State (tickets.astate.edu) or at johnnycashmusicfest.com.