Erin Enderlin

Conway’s Erin Enderlin kicks off new concert series honoring Johnny Cash

Conway Institute of Music

JONESBORO – Historic Dyess Colony: Johnny Cash Boyhood Home, KASU public radio and the City of Wilson are announcing a summer concert series for those desiring to pull up a chair and relax on a summer evening in the South.

The first installment in the concert series, “Live from the Cash Porch,” will feature singer and songwriter Erin Enderlin, who is making her mark on the country music scene.

Enderlin will perform in the admission-free series starting at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, June 25.

Her online bio says Enderlin sings “like the heir to Patsy or Tammy, then writes like Eudora Welty decided to pick up country music.” Fans heard her perform during the virtual Johnny Cash Heritage Festival in 2021.

“We are delighted to have Erin perform at our first summer concert,” commented Penny Toombs, director of Dyess Colony: Johnny Cash Boyhood Home, an Arkansas State University Heritage Site. “We encourage folks to come out with friends and family to enjoy this special experience of live music on the Cash porch.”

Erin Enderlin
Erin Enderlin

The Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum included Enderlin in their annual American Currents exhibit, featuring her in the Unbroken Circle section, which positions contemporary artists who have had breakthrough years with those who have influenced them. In that piece, the museum paired Enderlin, the only independent artist selected for the exhibit, with one of her heroes, Reba McEntire.

Enderlin’s website says Rosanne Cash heard and loved “Queen of Marina del Rey,” a standout selection from the Conway native’s Faulkner County album. Cash shared the album with her friend, Elton John, who in turn invited Enderlin onto his podcast.

Cash included Enderlin in the year-end playlist she curated for Oxford American, and the Grand Ole Opry invited Enderlin to perform on their broadcast Christmas Day, marking her 12th time on the program.

Those attending the Cash Porch event may bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy drinks and snacks available for purchase. Tents will be set up for shade. Wilson Cafe is offering a 10% dining discount after the concert to those showing proof of attendance.

The series will feature other artists on Saturdays, July 16 and Aug. 20. More details are online.

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