Welcome to Mellow's Log Cabin. This blog's purpose is to supply information on a diversity of American southern music - ranging from country, blues, old-time and folk to R&B, rock'n'roll and rockabilly. I regularly present my research results about artists, labels, shows and also give guest writers a chance to publish their texts here on occasion.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Happy Birthday Marshall!
Both clips are from 1959 at the Town Hall Party. In my opinion, these early videos of Cash and the Tennessee Two are amazing just to see how they were on stage in their beginnings. I was looking for a clip of "I Got Stripes" on YouTube in which Cash introduces the band to the public and making some jokes about Luther and Marshall before playing the song, but I wasn't able to find it.
Marshall Grant was born on May 5, 1928, and is now 82 years old. He lives in Mississippi with his wife and enjoys his retirement. In 1954, Grant was working as an auto mechanic in Memphis, Tennessee, at the time he met Johnny Cash. Cash was coming from the Air Force and settled down in Memphis. Soon, Cash formed a band with Grant and guitarist Luther Perkins (sometimes, also steel guitarist Red Kernodle played with them). They auditioned for Sun in 1954 and got their first single out in 1955. From that day on, Grant was on the road with Cash until 1980, when he left the band. Grant also served as a road manager for Cash and managed the Statler Brothers until his retirement in 2002. Happy Birthday Marshall!