Bob Wootton

Bob Wootton

Bob Wootton is an American guitarist. He joined Johnny Cash's backing band, the Tennessee Three, after original lead guitarist Luther Perkins died in a house fire.

Wootton had been a lifelong fan of Cash's and played his songs religiously until he had perfected the boom-chicka-boom style known as Cash's unique sound. At one of Cash's shows, a flight cancellation left only Cash and drummer W.S. Holland onstage, and Wootton was asked to fill in. Wootton stunned the audience, and particularly Cash himself, with perfect renditions of every song. Cash mentioned in passing that he might one day call on Wootton again, but within days asked him to join the tour as new lead guitarist.

One of the next, and perhaps most notable performance in Wootton's career, was at San Quentin State Prison where the Cash's live album was recorded.

Wootton continued in the band, with only a brief respite, until Cash retired in 1997.

From 2006 to 2007 he performed with original drummer W.S. Holland, along with wife Vicky and daughter Scarlett Wootton, as The Tennessee Three. In 2006 the band released their first album since Cash's death, a loving tribute titled "The Sound Must Go On."

The Tennessee Three was scheduled to perform at Folsom Prison in January 2008, commemorating the 40th anniversary of Cash's Folsom show. Wootton eventually withdrew from the concert project, which was later scrapped after disputes between prison officials and show promoters.

In January 2008 Wootton announced on his MySpace page that Holland had withdrawn from the partnership, but would continue to perform separately under the Tennessee Three name. In an interview, Wootton said Holland's departure followed Wootton's withdrawal from the Folsom anniversary show. Wootton continued his 2008 touring as the Tennessee Three with drummer Rodney Powell, Vicky and Scarlett Wootton. TN3's bassist, Lisa Horngren, withdrew from the Tennessee Three in late May 2008.

External links

* [ Official website of the Tennessee Three]
* [ Cash compadre: Bob Wootton preserves the Tennessee Three style]

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