2018 Artist Bios
The 2018 Johnny Cash Heritage Festival is pleased to announce a special featured presentation with performances by Grammy record-holder Alison Krauss, award-winning singer/songwriter Jamey Johnson, Grammy-winning producer/performer John Carter Cash, and pop/soul/country artist Ana Cristina Cash, with more to come.
The benefit concert presentation will take place Saturday afternoon, October 20, as the highlight of the three-day festival from Oct. 18-20 in Dyess, Arkansas. Saturday afternoon events will be from noon to 5 p.m.
Gifted songwriter and singer
Gifted songwriter and singer Jamey Johnson has earned critical acclaim and commercial success for his traditional country sound. He has been nominated for 11 Grammys and is one of the few songwriters in history to win two Song of the Year trophies — for “Give It Away” and “In Color — from both the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association.
His artistry has received praise from The New York Times, Rolling Stone, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post, which called him “one of the greatest country singers of our time.” A co-writer of the title song on Willie Nelson’s 2017 album, God’s Problem Child, Johnson is considered a flag bearer for today’s country music songwriters and is “one of the best pickers and singers and writers we’ve got around today,” according to Nelson.
In 2012, Johnson released the Grammy-nominated Living for a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran. In 2014, he created his own label, Big Gassed Records, to release his own songs and albums as well as the music of other artists. In addition to his own material, he has co-written singles for Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, George Strait, Trace Adkins and others. His 2008 album, That Lonesome Song, was certified platinum for 1 million in sales, and his 2010 double album, The Guitar Song, received a gold certification.
A former corporal in the U. S. Marine Corps, Johnson was raised in Montgomery, Alabama, and now lives in Nashville.
27 Grammy Awards
Born in Champaign, Illinois, Alison Krauss grew up listening to everything from folk to opera to pop and rock music, but quickly fell in love with bluegrass when she began playing fiddle at the age of five. Shortly after, Krauss began entering fiddle contests. At the age of 14, Rounder Records signed her to her first record deal and she went on to release her debut solo album two years later. The accomplished bluegrass musician became a member of the Grand Ole Opry at age 21.
Since 1985, Krauss has released 14 albums including five solo, seven with her longtime band and musical collaborators Union Station, and the Robert Plant collaboration Raising Sand, which was certified platinum and won five Grammys, including Album of the Year and Record of the Year. She’s sold more than 12 million records to date, and 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.
Windy City, her latest solo album, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums and Top Bluegrass Albums charts and received two Grammy nominations. The album was produced by Buddy Cannon, whose vocal harmonies Krauss grew up listening to and were the soundtrack to her childhood. “Buddy sang harmonies on everything back then,” Krauss says. She also reveals of Cannon, “I don’t do something unless I feel like I’m called to do it. That’s what I felt like, so I honored it. It’s like the same feeling of when you know something is right musically, with a song or a batch of songs – the same feeling, but this was attached to a person instead of a batch of songs.”
Krauss frequently collaborates with artists from numerous genres, including Dolly Parton, Taylor Swift, Kenny Rogers, Emmylou Harris, Gillian Welch, Vince Gill, The Chieftains, James Taylor, The Cox Family, Yo-Yo Ma, Johnny Mathis, Cyndi Lauper, Heart, Bad Company and Phish. She has recorded and toured with Willie Nelson, whom she honored with a performance during the 2015 Gershwin Prize Tribute Concert. She will reunite with Nelson this summer on a co-headlining tour throughout North America. “Whiskey Lullaby,” a duet which she performed with Brad Paisley won two CMA Awards in 2004. She has also produced albums for Alan Jackson, Nickel Creek and The Cox Family. Some of these collaborators were also formative to Krauss and she lists influences including Tony Rice, Ricky Skaggs, Dolly Parton, Larry Sparks, The Cox Family, and Ralph Stanley.
Krauss has contributed songs to numerous films, including “Down to the River to Pray” in the cult classic film O Brother, Where Art Thou? and “You Will Be My Ain True Love” and “The Scarlett Tide” in the film Cold Mountain. She has also provided the voice for several cartoon movie characters, including Bambi’s mother in Bambi II and Annabelle in Annabelle’s Wish, as well as the singing voice of Davey’s girlfriend in the Adam Sandler movie Eight Crazy Nights.
In 2013, she performed at the Kennedy Center’s “American Voices” festival that was created and hosted by Renee Fleming and also honored Dolly Parton and Paul Simon with performances during The Kennedy Center Honors. She has performed for three presidents—George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.
John Carter Cash
Producer, Singer-Songwriter and Author
Grammy Award-winning record producer, singer-songwriter and author John Carter Cash has been involved in music all his life. Grandson of Maybelle Carter and son of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash, he carries on the family tradition of creativity and music.
In the mid-1990s, he began recording material for himself and others. In 1999 he was co-producer for his mother’s album, Press On, which won the Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album. He continued his studio work with his father, serving as Associate Producer under Rick Rubin for the Grammy-winning American Recordings series.
His production of his mother’s Wildwood Flower won a Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album in 2003. He also worked with various artists to create the album, Unbroken Circle: The Musical Heritage of the Carter Family, which went on to achieve three Grammy nominations.
John Carter Cash has produced hundreds of recordings for dozens of high-profile artists within the past 20 years. In all, he has received five Grammy Awards as producer, with a total of 12 nominations. His own musical recordings and compositions span numerous genres and include Bitter Harvest, The Family Secret, and the soon-to-be released album We Must Believe in Magic.
His work as an author is equally diverse, including his mother’s biography Anchored in Love, House of Cash: The Legacies of My Father Johnny Cash about his personal relationship with his father, three children’s books, a fantasy novel Lupus Rex, and an upcoming Cash and Carter Family Cookbook.
John Carter owns and operates Cash Cabin Enterprises, LLC in Hendersonville, Tennessee, the same studio where his father recorded years ago. He is husband of entertainer and songwriter Ana Cristina Cash, and father to four children, Joseph John, Anna Maybelle, Jack Ezra, and Grace June Cash.
Ana Cristina Cash
A rich vocal range
Ana Cristina Cash is an American singer-songwriter, raised in Miami, Florida, as the daughter of Cuban immigrants. Her recordings exhibit a broad vocal range, spanning from contralto to a high coloratura soprano known to some as a “whistle register.”
She started her professional music career at age six on the variety show, “Sabado Gigante.” At age 16 she signed to Sony Music’s Latin division and released her first album “Ana Cristina” in the Spanish language. Her latest album, “The West Coast Sessions,” was released in May 2015.
In 2005, at age 19, Ana Cristina became the first Hispanic in history to perform the “Star Spangled Banner” at a Presidential Inauguration. The following year she was invited to perform at the White House for the President of the United States, the Crown Prince of Spain, and notable world ambassadors. She also has performed the National Anthem for various live national broadcasts including NBA, MLB and NFL.
Along with live shows, Ana Cristina is currently working on her upcoming release, “The Tough Love E.P,” which shows off her connection to rockabilly and gritty blues, with a flavor for country and soul. Ana Cristina and her husband, music producer John Carter Cash, live in Nashville with their infant daughter, Grace June Cash.