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Marshall Grant to speak at festival about experiences with Cash

Marshall Grant, bassist of Johnny Cash’s backing band Tennessee Two and former tour manager for Cash, agreed today to speak during the Nov. 2-4 Johnny Cash Flower Pickin Festival in Starkville, Mississippi.

Grant will speak about his book, “I Was There When It Happened: My Life With Johnny Cash,” published in 2004. The book tells about Cash and Grant’s beginning and experiences together and was inspired by Grant’s eulogy at Cash’s funeral.

Grant was an important part of the boom-chicka-boom sound of Johnny Cash that changed country music. He recorded with Cash from 1954-1980 and later managed the Statler Brothers until he retired in 2004. Before Grant played bass with Cash, he worked as a mechanic in Memphis, Tenn.

Grant lives in Hernando, Miss.

“Starkville City Jail”

This shows the “Starkville City Jail,” as it’s known to Johnny Cash fans throughout the world in a photo taken by Skip Descant of the Columbus, Miss., Commercial Dispatch Newspaper. While Johnny nicknamed the place the “Starkville City Jail,” everybody in the area knows it as the Oktibbeha County Jail. Sheriff Dolph Bryan had the drunk-tank key used to lock Cash up for the night mounted on a plaque and displayed in his office. He recently donated the plaque to the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum, where the key and other Cash/Starkville memorabilia are on display.

For years now, the “Johnny Cash Suite” has been retired. Now it’s used as a storage area, although people can still see the small dent from when Cash kicked the steel door during his stay. He broke his big toe that night.

You can see it for yourself at the Johnny Cash Flower Pickin Festival November 2, 3, and 4. See the news release further below.