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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Wednesday To-Do: Tennessee Three

Posted By on Wed, May 6, 2009 at 9:47 AM

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Johnny Cash got stuck without a band at a concert in Fayetteville in 1968. His backing unit missed its flight at some faraway airport. Lucky for him a lanky musician from Paris, Ark., named Bob Wootton was down in front with a girl who wasn't shy about telling June Carter Cash her date could play “Luther style” (Cash's longtime guitarist, Luther Perkins, of the “boom-chick-a-boom” guitar sound, had died a month earlier.) And Lucky for Wootton that Cash called him up for an on-the-spot audition and, after finding he knew pretty much the whole catalog, kept him at his side for the next 30 years on tours the world round and monumental albums like “Live at San Quentin.” Devastated by Cash's illness and death, Wootton stayed behind the curtain several years, but from 2006 to 2007, he toured with original Cash drummer W.S. Holland (original bassist Marshall Grant retired in 1980) before the two had a falling out over a Folsom Prison Reunion concert. Today, Wootton carries on the Tennessee Three name with his wife Vicky, daughter Scarlett, upright bassist Shawn Supra and drummer Rodney Powell. Plus, the Salty Dogs open.

Paul Peterson



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