News and notes from the world of live music

August 10th, 2011 at 12:41 pm

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Johnny Cash sing “All Over Again.” Marshall Grant, who played bass in The Tennessee Two (Cash’s backing band) died over the weekend.

This is a hodgepodge of a post, but it seems like there has been a lot happening in the music world.

Tulsa isn’t far away from us, and they had a new music festival there over the weekend. All was well until it wasn’t. High winds came through on Sunday night just before The Flaming Lips were to perform, causing damage to a light fixture when it crashed to the ground. No one was hurt, but total damage was estimated at about $800,000.

The Lips have promised to come back, and no doubt, we’ll have a few from Northwest Arkansas make the trip when they do.

Next up: Loretta Lynn, who is scheduled to appear in Fayetteville on Sept. 23.

The bad news is she will soon have surgery and have to reschedule some tour dates. The good news is that the Fayetteville date isn’t among those being rescheduled.

And, a sadder note: The last remaining member of the Tennessee Two, the backing band for Arkansas born country legend Johnny Cash, passed away in Jonesboro over the weekend. Marshall Grant, who played bass, was 83. Cash, along with Grant and Luther Perkins, developed the chugging, rhythmic ‘boom chicka boom’ beat that would spawn legions of fans and imitators.

Grant was working to help restore Cash’s boyhood home when he fell ill, Pollstar reports.