The Tennessee Two

The Tennessee Two

The Tennessee Two

Marshall Grant and Luther Perkins were both mechanics in Memphis when Johnny Cash joined their band. Elvis had just started making some noise and Marshall said to Luther and Johnny, “Somebody’s gotta learn how to play lead guitar and somebody’s gotta learn how to play bass if we expect to have any success like Elvis has had.” So Luther said, “I know where I can get an electric guitar,” and he came back with one and told Marshall there was a used upright bass for $2O, which he promptly bought. Marshall gave Johnny his acoustic guitar, since it was the best one of the three, and they began to teach themselves how to play. Not only did they teach themselves, but they created a sound that has stood the test of time and has been an inspiration to countless musicians around the world.