Rosie Nix Adams

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Rosie Nix-Adams
Birth name Rozanna Lea Nix
Born (1958-07-13)July 13, 1958
Madison, Tennessee, US
Died October 24, 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 step-sister 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. She was an alcoholic and a drug addict. Many of her episodes are detailed in the biography her half-brother wrote about their mother.


Nix-Adams and bluegrass musician Jimmy Campbell 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]