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.