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“The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash” To Premiere on YouTube Originals Day After First Ever “Cash Fest”

YouTube Originals will premiere The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash, from director Thom Zimny (Elvis Presley: The Searcher, Springsteen on Broadway), on Monday, November 11 (12PM EST/9AM PST). Cash stands among the giants of 20th century American life. But his story remains tangled in mystery and myth. This documentary, created with the full cooperation of the Cash estate and rich in recently discovered archival materials, brings Cash the man out from behind the legend.

Taking the remarkable Folsom Prison recording as a central motif and featuring interviews with family and celebrated collaborators, the 90-minute documentary explores the artistic victories, the personal tragedies, the struggles with addiction, and the spiritual pursuits that colored Cash’s life.

The documentary originally made its debut in March at the SXSW Film Festival and also screened recently at the 50th Annual Nashville Film Festival and the Telluride Film Festival as part of the event’s Backlot Series.

In celebration of the premiere of the documentary, The Johnny Cash Trust and The Best Fest (in partnership with YouTube) are bringing fans the first-ever “Cash Fest,” an unprecedented charity concert in Nashville honoring the music of the legendary Johnny Cash.

The revue-style show will feature an all-star lineup performing their favorite Johnny Cash songs including Morgan Wallen, Kari Jobe & Cody Carnes, Brandon Lancaster of LANCO, The Lone Bellow, Hardy and Kassi Ashton join previously announced artists Little Big Town, Matt Shultz of Cage The Elephant, Perry & Etty Farrell, Elle King, Midland, Judah & The Lion, Grace Potter, Wilder Wood, John Oates, Cam, Drew & Ellie Holcomb, Devin Dawson, Lucie Silvas and more.

Tickets are available here. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit MusiCares®, helping musicians with critical assistance in times of need. The concert will be held at the War Memorial Auditorium. Doors open at 7PM and the show begins at 8PM.

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