United States Postal Service celebrates launch of Johnny Cash limited edition Forever stamp June 5by jmaloni
John Carter Cash, Carlene Carter, Larry Gatlin, Jamey Johnson, The Oak Ridge Boys, The Roys, Marty Stuart, Randy Travis and more set to honor the legacy of Johnny Cash at a first-day-of-issuance ceremony
The United States Postal Service, John Carter Cash and other members of the Cash family celebrate the legacy of "The Man in Black" with the release of a limited-edition Johnny Cash Forever stamp June 5 at the Ryman Auditorium (116 Fifth Ave., Nashville, Tenn.), at 10:30 a.m. CDT. Doors open for stamp sales at 9 a.m. The event is free and open to the public.
Artists set to appear, perform or speak at the first-day-of-issuance ceremony include John Carter Cash, Carlene Carter, Larry Gatlin, Jamey Johnson, The Oak Ridge Boys, The Roys, Marty Stuart and Randy Travis among others. 650AM WSM personality Bill Cody will serve as emcee of the event.
"It is an amazing blessing that my father Johnny Cash be honored with the issue of this stamp. Dad was a hard-working man; a man of dignity. As much as anything else, he was a proud American, always supporting his family, fans and country. I can think of no better way to pay due respect to his legacy than through the release of this stamp," John Carter Cash said.
"My family is thrilled that my father will grace a United States Forever stamp - a great honor for any American, and an honor that would have particularly delighted him. It is a joy to know that generations will use this stamp, and my father will forever be where he loved to be: traveling the world," Rosanne Cash added.
Designed by art director Greg Breeding, the Johnny Cash stamp features a photograph captured by Frank Bez during the photo session for "Ring of Fire: The Best of Johnny Cash" (1963). The stamp is part of the U.S. Postal Service's "Music Icon" series, which also includes stamps honoring Lydia Mendoza (available now) and Ray Charles (to be released in September).
The stamps will be available for purchase at the Ryman Auditorium June 5 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., at the CMA Festival Fan Fair X at LP Field June 6-9, local Post Offices and online at usps.com/stamps.