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Joanne Cash Yates returns to her childhood home for a musical fundraiser

Arkansas State University

Joanne Cash Yates grew up in Dyess, Ark. along with her brother, singer-songwriter Johnny Cash. Just like her brother, Joanne has built a music career that is a legacy in its own right, including her own solo projects, collaborations with members of the Cash family, and making Christian music alongside her late husband Dr. Harry Yates.

Meanwhile, as she worked to build her legacy, the A-State Heritage Sites program worked to restore and preserve her childhood home back in Dyess, which is now open to tours for the public. Arkansas Roots' Marty Scarbrough spoke to Dr. Adam Long, the executive director of the A-State Heritage Sites, ahead of a musical fundraiser at the Historic Dyess Colony: Johnny Cash Boyhood Home. The event is a celebration with Joanne Cash Yates of the restoration of her childhood home.

Marty Scarbrough has worked at KASU since 1992, and he serves as program director, overseeing the station’s content. Marty is a graduate of Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky, and he has produced and hosted programs of classical music, jazz, bluegrass, and blues music. He also oversees KASU’s Bluegrass Monday concert series. When not at work, Marty loves spending time with his wife and his three sons, and he enjoys attending concerts of many different styles of music.
A Northeast Arkansas native from Wynne, I’ve been involved with radio for about 15 years. I got my Bachelor of Arts degree from Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, where I also served as an award-winning News Director for 2 years at KSWH-LP.