2017 Johnny Cash Heritage Festival in Dyess Arkansas
The Johnny Cash Boyhood Home in Dyess, Ark.

OCT. 18-20, 2018 • DYESS, ARKANSAS

The festival includes regional music, public presentations, food and craft vendors, demonstrations, and tours, culminating in a world-class music concert in the cotton fields surrounding the Cash home.

October 18

The following artists will perform between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, one the stage in the Dyess Colony Circle.

KASU Music Nights


5 p.m.
The band of 17-year-old triplet brothers plays a mix of country, Southern rock, classic rock and blues cover songs and originals. Jonesboro High School juniors Treyson , JD, and Chaz Stafford were finalists in the 2017 Youth Talent Show in Memphis.

Mark Curry

6 p.m.

Mark Curry

A winning songwriter at the Kerrville Folk Festival, Mark Curry of Little Rock has roots in Texas and Arkansas. Each track on his album Tarrant County is a rich and honest expression of the Southern Gothic experience. Members of the vibrant Arkansas music scene play and sing with Mark on his great CD.

Drive South

7 p.m.
This tight band from the Paragould area of Crowley’s Ridge delivers vintage rockabilly, country and honky-tonk traditional songs. Energetic vocalist Lorrie Dial covers classics by Wanda Jackson, Johnny Cash and other legends, backed by solid drums, thumping bass fiddle and hot guitar licks.

Billy Jones Bluez

8 p.m.

Billy Jones Bluez

Billy Jones from Jacksonville, Arkansas, has crafted a crowd-pleasing mix of funky blues and southern soul. A career musician, Billy’s CDs and live performances are memorable. His talent for putting together a great band is equal to his impressive craftsmanship as a songwriter and a blistering lead guitarist.

October 19

The following artists will perform between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, one the stage in the Dyess Colony Circle.

KASU Music Nights

Stephen Hardy

5 p.m.

Stephen Hardy

The young actor from South Carolina has portrayed Johnny Cash in touring musical productions of Million Dollar Quartet and Ring of Fire. In his solo acoustic set, Stephen sprinkles a few Cash originals into a pleasing mix of Americana, blues, folk and country.

Marcus “Mookie” Cartwright

6 p.m.
A 20-something from the Mississippi River port town of Helena, Mookie carries on the traditions of the solo acoustic juke joint performers who played in his home town; the site of the King Biscuit Blues Festival and KFFA radio. Mookie pays homage to Johnson, Lockwood, Williamson and other Delta legends.


7 p.m.


From Mountain View, Arkansas, home of the Ozark Folk Center, this trio is aptly named because of the rich, warm harmonies they bring to traditional folk songs of this region. Dave Smith, Robert Gillihan and Mary Gillihan have presented authentic folk music to audiences throughout Arkansas for decades.

The Zyndall Wayne Raney Band

8 p.m.

These veteran musicians from the White River delta and the Ozark foothills comprise one of the Natural State’s most authentic rock-&-roll bands. Wayne, Doug, Bill, Donna, Mike and Marcus pump out the songs and tunes that kept the road houses jumping, back in Johnny Cash’s honky-tonk heyday.

Corey Jackson

9 p.m.

Cory Jackson

After winning a talent contest sponsored by Grand Ole Opry station WSM in Nashville, Corey and his band opened for country music legends The Oak Ridge Boys at the Wilson County, Tennessee Fair. The young songwriter/performer has completed two albums that are selling well at his many performances.

October 20

The following artists will perform between noon and 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, on the festival main stage, right outside the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home.

First on the Stage

Shawn Camp

Shawn Camp

Noon – 12:45 p.m.
Shawn Camp, a native of Perryville, Ark., is an award-winning music producer who received a 2014 Grammy for Best Folk Album.

Bill Miller

Bill Miller

1:05- 1:35 p.m.
Bill Miller is an award-winning Native American artist, performer, songwriter, activist, painter and world-class native flute player.

The Johnny Cash Show 1968

Hosted by:

John Carter Cash

2:15 – 5:00 p.m.


Jamey Johnson & Alison Krauss

with Ana Cristina Cash, Suzanne Cox, Heather Berry Mabe, Ira Dean, and others

Jamey Johnson

Gifted songwriter and singer Jamey Johnson has earned critical acclaim and commercial success for his traditional country sound.

Alison Krauss

Her honors include 27 Grammys, nine Country Music Association awards, 14 International Bluegrass Music Association Awards, two Academy of Country Music Awards and two Gospel Music Association awards.

John Carter Cash

Grammy Award-winning record producer, singer-songwriter and author John Carter Cash has been involved in music all his life.

Ana Cristina Cash

Ana Cristina Cash has a broad vocal range, spanning from contralto to a high coloratura soprano known to some as a “whistle register.”

Tickets on Sale

Tickets available online or at the Central Box Office on the A-State campus (Lower Red Entrance), 870-972-2781 or 800-745-3000. Ticket prices are $103 (premium chair seating-nontransferable on-site parking available), $53 (chair seating) (SOLD OUT), and $28 (bring your own chairs or blankets).

KASU Music Nights

Oct. 19-20, 2017

5-9 p.m. Thursday

5-10 p.m. Friday

Arkansas roots music performances, sponsored by KASU Radio, will be held on the Commissary Stage in the Colony Circle on Thursday night and Friday night. This stage is over the foundation of the former Commissary or Cooperative Store that existed in the colony to meet colonists’ needs for food, clothing, seed and other farm supplies, and school supplies.

Thursday, October 19

5 p.m. Rockin’ Luke Stroud

6 p.m. The Vikki McGee Three

7 p.m. Apple, Setser and Rounds with Tim Crouch and Irl Hees

8 p.m. Drive South

Friday, October 20

5 p.m.  Wil Maring and Robert Bowlin

6 p.m. The Creek Rocks

7 p.m.  The Zyndall Wayne Raney Band

8 p.m.  The Legendary Pacers

9 p.m. Queen Ann Hines and the Memphis Blues Masters

About the Musicians

Rockin’ Luke Stroud

A crowd-pleaser throughout Northeast Arkansas since he was nine years old, Stroud is a Million Dollar Quartet enthusiast and disciple who will bring the sounds of rockabilly’s golden era to the festival.

The Vikki McGee Three

McGee, a Louisiana native and descendent of a legendary Cajun musical family, leads a talented trio featuring acoustic guitar, electric bass and drums.  The diversified set will include pop, rock and country hits along with original music.

Apple, Setser & Rounds with Tim Crouch & Irl Hees

Country, folk and Americana favorites in three-part harmony with great acoustical instrumental backing, blended with the fiddling of Crouch and the bass of Hees promises fantastic sounds from the Ozark Hills.

Drive South

A high-energy, multi-faceted group of musicians with deep musical roots in various genres will find common ground with a rockabilly sound that will honor Johnny Cash’s Sun Records musical heritage.

Wil Maring and Robert Bowlin

Original performance that touches on jazz, country, bluegrass and western – all performed with distinctive arrangements by the creative couple.

The Creek Rocks

Like Johnny Cash, who recorded volumes of folk material, The Creek Rocks is dedicated to preserving and passing on the area’s musical heritage with their talent, humor and ability to engage the audience.

The Zyndall Wayne Raney Band

Joined by performers with decades of experience in the nightclubs of Arkansas’ Rock and Roll Highway, the Zyndall Wayne Raney band will entertain with the sounds of rockabilly, rhythm and soul, blues and country.

The Legendary Pacers

The Legendary Pacers will perform as a tribute to Sonny Burgess, who died Aug. 18.  Early in their careers, Sonny and the Pacers opened for Johnny Cash and served as the backing band on early Roy Orbison tours. Formed in 1955, their first record was “We Wanna Boogie” in 1956 for Sun Records, followed by “Red Headed Woman.” The band spans more than 60 years in the music business and are among rockabilly’s true pioneers..

Queen Ann Hines and the Memphis Blues Masters

Hines has shared the stage with performers such as B.B. King, Bobby Blue Bland, Maynard Ferguson, The Bar-Kays and performed for the Pope with Dionne Warwick in Vatican City.  Hines was given the endearing title of Queen after impressing the Italian public for over a decade with her performances at the Poretta Soul Festival.