In December of 1954, John R. Cash, Marshall Grant, and Luther Perkins stepped into the Galloway Methodist Church on the corner of Cooper and Walker streets in Memphis, Tennessee, to play their first performance together for the Pioneers Club, a lady’s church function. And the rest, they say, is music history. Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Two would go on to take the world by storm, but it all began here in the Cooper-Young community in Memphis over 60 years ago.
On Saturday, April 22nd, Cash fans are invited to step back to that heady day when American music changed forever at the Johnny Cash “Walk the Vine” Fundraiser, a benefit for the effort to build a plaza with a Cash statue at the Galloway site
The benefit’s name is a play on “Walk the Line,” the Johnny Cash number one hit recorded in 1956 at Memphis’ Sun Records. Starting at 4 p.m., event attendees will “walk the vine” to six area restaurants and receive three-ounce pours of featured wines. Featured restaurant “vine spots” are Next Door, Mulan Bistro, Young Avenue Deli, Celtic Crossing, Beauty Shop, and Strano! Sicilian Kitchen.
Entertainment will be provided at the intersection of Cooper and Young by local bands. Starting at 4 p.m., Deering and Down will hit the stage followed by Brandon Taylor and Friends at 5 p.m. and at 6:00 p.m. Fast Mothers. Additional beverages will be for purchase at band location.
Tickets and more information are available legacymemphis.org. Tickets are $25 each or two for a discounted price of $45. Tickets are limited. All proceeds go toward statue funding.
Please help us raise money to bring Johnny Cash back to Cooper Young. This event is sponsored by Chuck Hutton Chevrolet, Legacy Memphis and the Cooper-Young Business Association.