Johnny Cash, the Man in Black, will have a museum opened in his memory. Close friend of 25 years and biographer Bill W. Miller Jr. is dedicating a the first floor of an old 1920s-era warehouse at 119 Third Avenue South in Nashville to the legendary country music singer. Pieces of Cash’s former home in Hendersonville, as well as personally collected memorabilia from Miller himself will be featured in the museum.
The original sign from Cash family operated ‘House of Cash’ is going to be refurbished from years of weathering the elements and put on display in the museum; along with various pieces from ‘House of Cash’. ‘House of Cash’ closed to the public in 1999, and had since been opened only to private tours cleared by the family.
All of Cash’s remaining family have thrown their support behind this effort as well. Cash’s son, John Carter Cash said of the museum, “My father and mother have a way through honesty and truth of spirit. It’s not about the glamor or about making it for Nashville. This is about spreading their spirit.” The Cash family have also stated they, too, will be contributing personal effects from Johnny to the museum.
Johnny Cash had a music career that spanned almost 50 years. His influence has been felt in more than just country music. Artists influenced by Cash include Danzig, Hank Williams III, Dropkick Murphys, Trent Reznor, Dwight Yoakam, Pearl Jam, Brooks and Dunn, Reverend Horton Heat, and U2 to name just a few. This very broad entitlement that the world of music feels to pay tribute to Johnny Cash is something many people are citing as proof that this new museum in his honor is going to succeed. One unique charm that Cash had in life is a solid reverence to music he made; whether he wrote it, Shel Silverstein wrote it, or he was covering another person’s song .
The Johnny Cash museum will be opening in Nashville sometime during the summer. With the dedicated management of Miller at the helm and the full support of the Cash, expectations are high that fans of the Man in Black with be met with full satisfaction.