The fourth annual festival, which celebrates the life and work of the Man in Black, will be held this August in Jonesboro, Ark., with proceeds to benefit the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home Project.
“This coal miner’s daughter gave voice to a generation,” President Barack Obama said.
“It never was hard to write a song. It was an easy thing to do to make a rhyme,” he said. “I guess songwriters are supposed to be able to do that. Whether it’s good or not, that’s up to somebody else.”
The annual country festival in California will also feature Florida Georgia Line, Jennifer Nettles, Loretta Lynn, Hunter Hayes and many more.
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Lynn will be honored as “one of the first successful female country music vocalists in the early 1960s, courageously breaking barriers in an industry long dominated by men.”
“I had such a great time recording this song for this album,” she said. “I loved the song and sound of that banjo, played by Bryan Sutton, made me feel I was back on the front porch in Kentucky where I came from. Glad to be a part of this record.”
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