Nobody imagined that the man in black would shed tears that evening, but the sometimes gruff country star, Johnny Cash, couldn’t help himself. Few people genuinely understand the connection between a father and his little princess, but that special bond shone forth when Rosanne Cash took the stage at the 1996 Kennedy Center Honors Gala.
As soon as Rosanne took to the stage with the words “my father is a man of many paradoxes,” it was clear that this would be a night to remember, and that this would be a performance no one could forget.
On this night, Cash received recognition for his lifelong contribution to the performing arts and American culture. Like the other artists present, he sat back and enjoyed some of the best songs in country music, as his daughter and friends honored him with a medley of his own treasured songs. Rosanne was joined onstage by some of Cash’s famous peers, including Robert Duvall, Kris Kristofferson, Lyle Lovett and Emmylou Harris, who all pitched in to deliver a stunningly touching tribute to the music legend.
Fast forward to nine years later – the present – and Rosanne Cash is set to rejoin Kristofferson on the grand stage. Kristofferson will be acknowledged at the forthcoming American Eagle Awards presentation on July 11 in Nashville during the annual NAMM convention. Cash will be joining an outstanding selection of talented artists who will be around to pay tribute to the honorees. This time around, they include such names as Charley Pride and Jim Lauderdale, in addition to music management legend Jim Halsey and also country music producer/director Sherman Halsey.