Johnny Cash's 'The Little Stage' in Tennessee Is Now Open to Fans
The Little Stage is a building that singer Johnny Cash once owned and made famous. The musician used to host small intimate concerts for the community which included the event the “Saturday Night In Hickman County.”
The Tennessee farm building that was renovated into a museum honoring Johnny Cash used to be run as a general store from the 1800s. The store happened to be built next to railroad tracks.
At the time it supplied goods for visitors all over the Southern states who were on their way to the cabins in the Bon Aqua Springs Resort. It was owned by the Weems family.
Eventually, the 107-acre land and store became abandoned until Cash’s accountant brought it with misappropriated funds. Songwriter Loney Fred Hutchins and Cash’s song catalog manager was the one who went to the singer to ask permission to renovate the building and build a stage.
Hutchins wanted to establish a place where young musicians and songwriters could come and perform. Cash agreed and his 20-year anniversary celebration in the music industry was held at the building.
However, the legendary musician sold the Little Stage in the mid-1980s to independent record producer Red Wortham. The producer owned the building until his death and once again it was left abandoned.
Cash fans Brian and Sally Oxley bought the land for $895,000 in 2016 under the name the Storytellers Hideaway Farm. They also purchased the building that Wortham had used as a recording studio.
With the Cash family’s support within a year, they had restored the building. They also worked with the singer's daughter Cindy Cash to establish the Storytellers Museum and Cash Hideaway Farm.
The venue features rare video footage about The Johnny Cash 20th Anniversary surprise party. The museum also has Cash's handwritten song lyrics, letters, artifacts, guitars, and a Cadillac inspired by the singer’s song "One Piece at a Time."
The “Saturday Night in Hickman County” event was also brought back and the venue hosts concerts.
Cash was born on February 26, 1932, and passed away on September 12, 2003. He was an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, actor, and author.
The musician sold more than 90 million records worldwide and was one of the best-selling music artists of all time.