“Live From the Cash Porch,” a series of free summer concerts from Johnny Cash’s childhood home in historic Dyess Colony, kicks off Saturday with singer-songwriter Erin Enderlin.
It’s a special place for Enderlin, a Conway native who now lives in Nashville, Tenn.
“Johnny Cash has made a huge impact on me,” she said last week on her way to a show in South Carolina. “Listening to country music, it was clear that Johnny Cash would be my specialty. Everyone knows about him, but I think I obsessed over him because he’s from Arkansas.”
Enderlin songs have been recorded by Alan Jackson, Lee Ann Womack, Luke Bryan, Randy Travis, Bill Anderson and others. She has performed vocals at the Grand Ole Opry and won several Arkansas Country Music Awards, including Artist of the Year in 2021 and five consecutive Songwriter of the Year Awards.
Her most recent single is a cover of Cash’s heartbreaking 1957 song “Give My Love to Rose,” and Cash’s daughter Rosanne sang “Cut Through Me,” a song produced by Enderlin’s 2021 EP, “Barroom Mirrors.” She also performed during the Johnny Cash Virtual Heritage Festival last year.
“I love telling stories,” Enderlin says. “Digging into his music, I mean, ‘Give My Love to Rose,’ could become a movie in three minutes. I love the way he did it. I love artists who aren’t afraid to be vulnerable, who aren’t afraid to put themselves in someone else’s shoes and show Not only the perfect shining diamond for a human being but showing imperfections and realism along with love, beauty and strength.”
Cash was born on February 26, 1932 in Queensland and died on September 12, 2003 in Nashville. His career spanned from the early days of rock ‘n’ roll in the 1950s at Sun Studios in Memphis, to a successful career in country music during the 1960s and 1970s and his comeback in the late 1990s and early 2000s as a younger generation. Discover his music and his rebellious image.
There is a poster of Cash in a recording studio that Enderlin has owned for years.
“It was on different bedroom walls and apartment walls. I remember being in college brushing my teeth and looking at it and saying, OK, one day you’re going to go to Music Row to write a song that Johnny will be proud of.”
Enderlin says her Saturday collection will be a mix of originals and a few covers.
“I also want to tell stories, and this seems like an ideal place to do that,” she says.
Drinks and snacks will be sold during the show, and attendees can take out chairs or blankets in the garden. Tents will be erected to provide shade.
“Live From the Cash Porch” continues with performances by Brad Webb and Blind Mississippi Morris on July 16 and Trout Fishing in America on August 20.
Living From the Balcony Cash: Erin Enderlin
- When: 4:30 pm on Saturday
- where: Johnny Cash Boyhood Home, 110 Center Drive, Dyess
- admission: free
- Information: (870) 764-CASH; dyesscash.astate.edu