CMT will televise the memorial celebration for Johnny Cash on Saturday, Nov. 15 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Taping of the concert, titled the Johnny Cash Memorial Tribute, will take place on Nov. 10 at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium.
"What a privilege for CMT to telecast the Johnny Cash tribute," said Brian Philips, senior vice president/general manager, CMT. "This will be a communal celebration of a rich and brilliant life, connecting the intimate Ryman gathering with the world of music fans who love and respect Johnny Cash."
A number of artists have already confirmed their participation in honoring Cash, who died Sept. 12 in Nashville of complications due to diabetes. He was 71. Some of these artists took part in his funeral service, held Sept. 15 in Hendersonville, Tenn. The funeral was private, open only to family, friends and music industry co-workers and associates. Cash's longtime manager, Lou Robin, said one of the reasons the Cash family wanted the memorial broadcast on TV was to allow fans worldwide to take part in paying tribute to Cash.
Artists already lined up to perform include the Fisk Jubilee Singers, Kris Kristofferson, Rosanne Cash, Larry Gatlin, Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow, Rodney Crowell, Steve Earle, George Jones, John Mellencamp, Hank Williams Jr., Travis Tritt, Jack Clement, Marty Stuart, Dwight Yoakam, Jimmy Tittle and Johnny Western. Other artists may be added. Also included will be pre-taped tributes to Cash from other entertainers, including Whoopi Goldberg. DreamWorks Nashville chief executive James Stroud will act as musical director.
Although tickets to the memorial are free, room is limited because the Ryman seats less than 2,400 people. Potential attendees are required to send their name, address and daytime telephone number on a 3½-by-5 inch card or paper to: Johnny Cash Memorial Tribute, P.O. Box 20003, Nashville, Tenn., 37202. All entries must be received by Oct. 26. Those receiving tickets will be notified by phone by Oct. 31. Each winner will receive two reserved seat tickets.
Following the airing of the Johnny Cash Memorial Tribute, CMT will broadcast CMT Inside Fame: Johnny Cash, an in-depth look at the life and career of Cash.