Legacy Award: Bill Miller

Bill Miller is the founder of the world renowned Johnny Cash Museum in Nashville, TN in addition to JohnnyCash.com and Johnny Cash Radio. This California business and political arena veteran recently moved to Tennessee where he and his team are prepping the launch of the Patsy Cline Museum and most recently opened Nudie’s Honky Tonk in Music City.

On the musical front, Bill became a Johnny Cash fan when he was nine years old. He began attending Cash concerts as a kid and met the singer several times. As fate would have it, the two began a friendship which would last for three decades.

He began his professional career at the age of 18 when he was selected to launch CBN Cable (now the Fox Family Channel) to cable systems across the United States. Later, he founded his own consulting firm which advised cable programmers and operators on marketing and expansion strategies before he moved on to own his own cable TV system.

Beyond the business arena, as a result of being elected to the Corona, CA city council, Bill became the youngest Mayor in California’s history at the time. He would diligently serve his constituents until he retired from politics in 1993 after 12 years in an elective office.

Moving out of the network and small screen business, Bill found an autograph and memorabilia company, Odyssey Group and publishing company, Odyssey Publications which he would sell in 2004. A noted authority on historical documents and celebrity memorabilia, his business endeavors have traversed through a variety of clientele including Dolly Parton, The White House, Graceland, The Country Music Hall of Fame (he appraised and authenticated every single item in the Hall of Fame collection), Marty Stuart, President Gerald Ford, the Estates of Minnie Pearl and Hank Snow to name just a few. His preservation and musical history passions lead him to author the critically acclaimed Simon & Schuster book Cash An American Man which Larry King Called “the best celebrity biography coffee table book ever done.”

Continuing his preservation legacy, he opened the Johnny Cash Museum in 2013 earning the coveted AAA Gem rating and acquiring features around the globe with outlets like CNN, USA Today, Parade, The NY Times, The NY Post, Billboard, Vogue, Southern Living, ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, Yahoo, Huffington Post, London’s NME, etc. It would go on to become Conde Nast’s Traveler #1 “Must Visit Museums for Music Lovers”, National Geographic’s “#1 Pitch Perfect Museum”, Forbes “5 Nashville Must Sees”, Time’s “7 Great American Vacation Spots (That Won’t Bust Your Budget)”, Rolling Stones’ “Top 10 Tennessee Spots for Music Lovers” and two accolades in Southern Living as “50 Reasons We’re Thankful to be Southern” and “Reason 8 of 10 why Nashville’s SoBro is the Next Great Neighborhood.” In this avenue, he is projected to have the same success with the launch of the Patsy Cline Museum and Nudie’s Honky Tonk.
Bill currently resides in the greater Nashville area with his wife Shannon. He has three sons; Will, Jordan and Blake.