NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A yearlong celebration of Johnny Cash’s legacy will come to an end this week with the issue of a new postal stamp and free public concert.
The new Johnny Cash Forever stamp goes on sale Wednesday and to celebrate, Cash’s son John Carter Cash and several friends and family members will gather at Ryman Auditorium. The stamp is based around a promotional shot for the 1963 album “Ring of Fire: The Best of Johnny Cash.” To Cash it looks like a 45 or 78 RPM record cover and is unlike the usual offerings — matching his father’s legacy.
“It just truly embodies my father’s spirit, who he was,” Cash said. “It’s different. That’s one thing: It stands out to me as being unique. It’s very commanding when you see the stamp.”
Wednesday’s concert will feature Cash family members, including the late singer’s brother and sister, Tommy Cash and Joanne Cash Yates, and friends Randy Travis, Marty Stuart, Larry Gatlin and The Oak Ridge Boys. Jamey Johnson and The Roys also are scheduled to perform.
The limited-edition stamp, part of the U.S. Postal Service’s Music Icon Series, will be on sale at the concert and at the Country Music Association Festival later this week.
A decade after his 2003 death, Cash remains a popular figure with million-dollar sales.
A celebration of what would have been his 80th year started last spring and efforts to preserve his legacy continue in Nashville and his birthplace in Arkansas.
The Johnny Cash Museum formally opened in downtown Nashville last week and efforts are under way to save Cash’s childhood home in Dyess, Ark.
Online: http://johnny cash.com; http://usps.com/stamps
This product image released by the Unites States Postal Serice shows the Johnny Cash Forever stamp. The stamp, honoring the late country music singer, will be available on Wednesday, June 5. (AP Photo/USPS)