The Tennessee Three
Just after guitarist Luther Perkins died in 1968, Bob Wootton, a Tulsa guitarist, caught a ride in someone else’s pickup truck and intercepted Johnny Cash in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Wootton got a girl he knew to ask June Carter Cash if Johnny, onstage with just a drummer and an out-of-tune guitar, could use a hand, and he got the job — one that lasted for more than 30 years. With that “freight train” guitar sound and a voice so like Cash’s, it’s spooky, Wootton and drummer W.S. Holland have kept the Tennessee Three (the math gets complicated) together as a tribute to the Man in Black. It’s enough to make you take Cash’s Personal File off repeat … at least for a couple of hours.