Rosanne Cash, George Jones, Kris Kristofferson, Kid Rock, Brooks & Dunn, Sheryl Crow, John Mellencamp, Steve Earle, Willie Nelson, Hank Williams Jr., Rodney Crowell, Marty Stuart and More Join Host Tim Robbins

Nashville - November 13, 2003 - The CMT JOHNNY CASH MEMORIAL TRIBUTE: A CELEBRATION OF FRIENDS AND FAMILY, originally planned as a two-hour special, has been expanded by an additional thirty minutes to include more of the extraordinary music and emotion in the loving tribute to the Man in Black. CMT will debut the special on Saturday, Nov. 15 at 8:00-10:30 PM, ET/PT.*

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“Throughout the years, there will be many tributes to my father and his music, but this is the essential one,” said Rosanne Cash. “It is the tribute that came purely from the love of his friends and family. The night was so heartfelt, so magical, that it simply couldn’t be shared in two hours. My family and I thank everyone at CMT for feeling this way too,” added Cash.

The public memorial honoring Johnny Cash was held on Monday at the historic Ryman Auditorium. Family and diverse music artists coming together for the remarkable evening included Rosanne Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Sheryl Crow, John Mellencamp, George Jones, Willie Nelson, Hank Williams Jr., Rodney Crowell, Marty Stuart and Steve Earle. Award winning actor and director Tim Robbins, a life-long Johnny Cash fan, hosted the emotional evening. Former Vice President Al Gore spoke of Cash’s humanity.

Highlights from the CMT special include Rosanne Cash’s poignant performance of “I Still Miss Someone;” Sheryl Crow’s rendition of the Trent Reznor penned and now Cash classic “Hurt;” and Brooks & Dunn and Carlene Carter’s salute to “Jackson.” Bono, Whoopi Goldberg, Ray Charles, Trent Reznor and Dan Rather reflected on Cash’s life in taped messages.

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