Johnny Cash: The Sinner, the Saint, the Man In Black

He Grew Up on a Farm

On February 26, 1932, Johnny Cash was born in Kingsland, Arkansas, to a family of cotton farmers. When Cash was three years old, his dad was picked for a farming development program in Dyess, and the family received 20 acres of land, a house, a barn, and a mule. Life was wholesome in the country, and Johnny spent most of his days working out in the fields.

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He would turn on the radio and spend hours under the sun singing tunes of all kinds. His mornings began with country, and by midafternoon it was all gospel and soul. He grew up on artists like The Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, and Bob Wills– musicians that uplifted his spirit and made his mind wander off to faraway lands.