WHERE & WHAT IS
JOHNNY CASH COUNTRY ?
The ‘where’ is: Stanthorpe, a small country town in South East Queensland.
The ‘what’ is based on the unique fact that Stanthorpe is the only place in the world – outside the States of course – that Johnny visited regularly, for some two decades – and not to play music!
Johnny, with his wife June Carter, herself a renowned singer with the famous Carter Family, first visited Stanthorpe in the early 1980s, and visited regularly thereafter for two decades. They came to visit an old friend from America, who had moved to Australia for family reasons.
Johnny took an instant liking to our little town and its surrounding districts of apple and stone fruit orchards, vineyards, and a wide and empty country side where he enjoyed riding, hunting and overall…the anonymity.
So Stanthorpe can legitimately lay claim to be the only place in the world, outside America, which can call itself ‘Johnny Cash Country’.
And the Johnny Cash Country Festival celebrates this unique piece of music history.
Here’s Johnny signing autographs and talking with admiring Man In Black fans on one of his many visits to Stanthorpe
*Photos courtesy Stanthorpe Border Post