Country stars Johnny Cash, Garth Brooks honoured with U.S. attractions

Johnny Cash and Garth Brooks. (File/Reuters photos)

Johnny Cash and Garth Brooks. (File/Reuters photos)

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City officials in Garth Brooks' hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma have temporarily renamed a number of streets in his honour to mark his first concerts there in nearly 20 years.

On Jan. 9, the country music icon and his wife Trisha Yearwood will bring their tour to the city's BOK Center for seven shows.

In honour of his triumphant return, a number of the streets surrounding the venue have been renamed with titles of some of Brooks' hit songs, including Low Places Lane, Thunder Rolls Road, and Shameless Boulevard.

Brooks, who has not performed in Tulsa in 17 years, admits he is especially excited for his homecoming shows, telling TasteofCountry.com, "The great thing that I can't wait to see - there's a lot of friends that we made that never had seen us as a musician or an artist. They know us as somebody totally different. So watching their faces that night I'm on stage, I think I'm gonna get to see a lot of reactions that I wasn't expecting."

JOHNNY CASH TRIBUTE AT FOLSOM STATE PRISON IN CALIFORNIA

Organizers of a Johnny Cash tribute in the U.S. are determined the finished product will not be a Disneyland-style fun park.

The rock 'n' roll legend famously performed several times at Folsom State Prison in California in the 1960s to boost inmates' morale, and local officials are honouring the star with the Johnny Cash Trail and Overpass attraction.

A $3.8 million pedestrian and cycle route was unveiled in October 2014 as part of the project, and organizers are now working towards installing artworks, a Ring of Fire amphitheatre, and a 12-metre tall statue of Cash in a nearby park as part of the tribute.

However, they are determined to keep the finished venture classy and avoid turning it into a money-spinning tourist hotspot.

Adan Romo, a California-based artist who is involved in the project, tells Uncut magazine, "There was a real danger of making it a Disney-type experiment. It's a sensitive subject as you've got the prison, the music, Johnny Cash's legacy, and various needs of the city. Ultimately, I whittled it to how empathetic he was and his ability to connect on a human level. That's what drew him to the prison. He went through this dark period and it seemed like his visit to Folsom was as much about his own redemption as it was for the inmates."

The venture is being overseen by Cash's daughter Cindy, who tells the publication, "Pulling up to the prison for the first time brought back a lot of memories... Dad had never been in prison as an inmate, but that concert made half the world believe he had been. It changed his life and gave him the bad boy image. But at the same time he kept that respect and dignity."


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