John Carter Cash named Executive Bandleader for Rock Hall concert honoring his father, Johnny Cash

CLEVELAND - Grammy-winning producer, author and singer, John Carter Cash has been named as executive bandleader of its 21st Annual Music Masters™ series by the The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The concert, which is a part of a weeklong series of events, will honor his legendary father, Johnny Cash, on Friday, October 21 at 7:30 p.m. at Playhouse Square’s State Theatre.

Joining John Carter Cash is keyboardist Tony Harrell who will serve as the band director. Harrell, a veteran studio musician has worked with the late Johnny Cash and country royalty Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, Hank Williams Jr. and Ray Price. He’s also appeared on many top records and recorded with such superstars as Vince Gill, Taylor Swift, Sheryl Crow, and dozens others.

Artists scheduled to pay tribute to Johnny Cash include Social Distortion lead singer Mike Ness who called Cash "one of the first real storytellers I heard" in a tribute he wrote for  Social Distortion's cover of Cash's "Ring of Fire" was included on their 1990 self-titled album, which was certified gold by the RIAA.


Singer-songwriter Eilen Jewell, who covers Cash's "Thanks a lot" on her 2007 album, "Letters From Sinners & Strangers,"  will be paying tribute to Cash as well.

Legendary L.A. punk band X will also take part in the concert.  Fans can expect to see an array of artists added over the coming weeks from country musicians to rockers who were influenced by the “Man in Black.”

Also added to the weeklong series of fan events is an intimate performance and interview with Cash’s daughter, Rosanne Cash, on Wednesday, October 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Rock Hall. The 90-minute performance and exclusive interview will kick off with a special dedication of the 21st Annual Music Masters exhibit, which pays tribute to Johnny Cash and includes items from his personal collection. Rosanne covered her father's "Tennesee Flat Top Box" which was a number one hit for her in 1987.


Johnny Cash’s youngest daughter, Tara Cash Schwoebel, will also participate in a Johnny Cash Day at the Rock Hall on Saturday, October 22. She will be signing copies of her new book, ‘Recollections by J.R. Cash: Childhood Memories of Johnny Cash.’ The book gives fans a glimpse into the country legends childhood and will be available for purchase at the Rock Hall store. Included with a general admission ticket, fans will also be able to participate in a panel with the Cash family historian, enjoy live music from local bands, gain an understanding of Cash’s impact and influence on popular music, and watch special archival videos of Cash’s performances.

The weeklong series of events begin on Monday, October 17 and will feature expert interviews,
panels and educational programs, including a keynote lecture at Case Western Reserve University. A
complete schedule of events will be announced in the coming weeks.  In the meantime, here's how you can tickets to the concert and other events that will be taking place throughout the week:

  • Tickets for the 21st Annual Music Masters Concert (range from $30-$100) are available to Rock Hall members beginning at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, September 14 at
  • Tickets for the General Public will be available beginning at 11 a.m. on Friday, September 16 at the Playhouse Square box office, by calling (216) 241-6000, or by visiting
  • A limited number of premium seating and VIP packages beginning at $300 are available by contacting the Rock Hall’s development office at (216) 515-1201 or
  • Tickets for the “Intimate Evening with Rosanne Cash” are $5.50 and will be available at at 11am on Wednesday, September 28.

You can sign up for the Rock Hall’s e-newsletter at to be alerted about event details and tickets.


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