Bobby Bare Talks Johnny Cash: ‘He Was A Hell Of A Man’

Some say that Bobby Bare doesn’t get excited much – a reflection on his easy-going nature. However, the Country Music Hall of Fame member told Billboard that he is definitely looking forward to next month’s Johnny Cash Music Festival in Jonesboro, Arkansas. The two-day event, slated for August 15-16, will include the Grand Opening of Cash’s boyhood home – following a massive renovation campaign spearheaded by the Cash family and Arkansas State University, as well as a concert featuring Bare, along with fellow icons Loretta Lynn and Reba McEntire.

“I’m very excited to be working with Reba and Loretta, but also because of John, who was a dear friend of mine,” reflected Bare. “He lived right down the lake from me. He and June were godparents to my youngest daughter. John and I had been friends starting in 1957. He lived in California at the same time I did, so I used to go out to his house for a goat roast or something crazy like that. A bunch of us went out there, me, Patsy Cline, the Carter Family. We’d all have a guitar pull. Those things went on in those days. He was a hell of a man.”

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