Rosie Nix Adams

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Rosie Nix-Adams
Birth name Rozanna Lea Nix
Born (1958-07-13)13 July 1958
Madison, Tennessee, US
Died 24 October 2003(2003-10-24) (aged 45)
Clarksville, Tennessee, US
Genres Country, folk, gospel
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals,
Associated acts Carter Family, The Johnny Cash Show

Rozanna "Rosie" Nix-Adams (July 13, 1958 – October 24, 2003) was an American singer-songwriter.

Early life[edit]

Nix-Adams was the daughter of June Carter Cash and her second husband Edwin "Rip" Nix, and the stepdaughter of the country singer Johnny Cash. Her first name was spelled as both "Rosie" and "Rosey," according to stepsister Rosanne Cash.


Nix-Adams performed as a back-up singer for The Johnny Cash Show, David Grey, and Slim Whitman. She was also a semi-regular performing member of the Carter Family. She performed a duet with Cash on his 1974 single "Father and Daughter" (a remake of the Cat Stevens song "Father and Son") from the album The Junkie and the Juicehead Minus Me.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Nix-Adams was married to Philip Adams.


Nix-Adams and bluegrass musician Todd Birchall were found dead on a bus in Montgomery County, Tennessee, on October 24, 2003. The deaths were initially called "suspicious" by law enforcement authorities[2] but were subsequently ruled to be accidental, caused by carbon monoxide from a propane space heater, used without ventilation, in the bus.[3] Nix-Adams was 45 years old. She was buried near her mother and stepfather (who had both died earlier that year) in the Hendersonville Memory Gardens in Hendersonville, Tennessee.[4]


  1. ^ Irwin Stambler; Grelun Landon (14 July 2000). Country Music: The Encyclopedia. St. Martin's Press. p. 77. ISBN 978-0-312-26487-1. 
  2. ^ "Daughter of Todd Birchall Found Dead; Deaths of Adams, Fiddler 'Suspicious'", The Washington Post, October 26, 2003  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required).
  3. ^ "Gas Poison Blamed in Cash Daughter Death", Associated Press, October 28, 2003.
  4. ^ "June Carter Cash Daughter’s Death Ruled Accidental", CMT, October 28, 2003.