Music News: Johnny Cash childhood home makes National Register of Historic Places


Johnny Cash's childhood home in rural Arkansas.
Johnny Cash's childhood home in rural Arkansas. (Historic Dyess Colony: Johnny Cash Boyhood Home)

A house in Dyess, Arkansas where Johnny Cash lived from childhood through high school has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. The house is owned by Arkansas State University, which has restored the building and submitted the registry application.

"At least two of Cash's songs, 'Five Feet High and Rising,' about a flood that struck the area in 1937, and 'Pickin' Time,' were based on Cash's experience in Dyess," notes Rolling Stone.

FYF Fest canceled

The FYF Fest in Los Angeles has been canceled — just a couple of months before it was set to celebrate its 15th anniversary with performances by artists including Janet Jackson, Florence and the Machine, and My Bloody Valentine.

"Our team of many women and men have worked tirelessly on this event for many years," said organizers in a statement, "but felt unable to present an experience on par with the expectations of our loyal fans and the Los Angeles music community this year."

Billboard reports that disappointing ticket sales were behind the decision; it's unclear whether the fest will return at any point in the future.

Childish Gambino premieres new music on SNL

Donald Glover was both the host and the musical guest on Saturday Night Live. He crowded the set with a group of people hanging out and sipping drinks while he premiered a new song called "Saturday," and he also played "This is America." He even sang a little ditty called "Making Love in Space" in character as Lando Calrissian, who he plays in the forthcoming Star Wars movie Solo. (Pitchfork)

Guns N' Roses announce Appetite for Destruction reissue

As anticipated, Guns N' Roses have announced a massive reissue of their classic 1987 album Appetite for Destruction. As Rolling Stone reports:

Appetite for Destruction: Locked N' Loaded boasts 25 unreleased demos recorded during a 1986 session at Sound City, plus two tracks cut during sessions with Appetite producer Mike Clink. The reissue will also include the original 1987 album remastered from the original stereo analog tapes, and 12 remastered tracks taken from of-era EPs and b-sides.

The band have shared one of the previously unreleased tracks, "Shadow of Your Love."

Adele turns 30 with Titanic-themed bash

Adele turned 30 on Saturday, and she celebrated with a party that reflected what she calls her "epic fandom of the Titanic movie." (Billboard)

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