On September 17th 1968 fate was to deal Bob Wooton a hand that he would cherish for posterity. A Johhny Cash fan all his life Bob was in Fayetteville, Arkansas standing at the front of stage awaiting the appearance of his hero. Word was buzzing round the auditorium that Johnny’s band had been delayed at an out of town airport. The girl Bob was with caught June Carters attention and told her that Bob could play guitar '’Luther’’ style. June Carter called her husband over from the stage, he gave Bob a try on the spot and the rest is history. Bob new all the 'licks’ and the 'boom-chicka-boom’ style of Cash’s tragically and recently departed guitarist Luther Perkins, and was an instant hit on a personal level with the other band members.
After that performance Cash mentioned in passing that he might, one day, call on Wooton again, but within days the call came inviting Bob to join The Tennessee Three as lead guitarist. The ensuing thirty odd years saw Bob Wooton at Cash’s side as friend, general confidant and lead guitar player.
Devastated by Cash’s illness and death, Wootton did not perform for several years. Today, however, Wootton is again touring the world, playing Cash tunes and keeping the magical sound of the legendary Tennessee Two and Tennessee Three alive to appreciative crowds around the globe. Along with Vicky Wootton formerly of 'The Carter Family' and Scarlett Wootton, Bob Wootton is keeping the tradition of the Cash - Carter Family alive. THE SOUND MUST GO ON!
From the days of early stardom until his last years as a performer, Johnny Cash chose only to work with one band and depended upon them to provide him with the unique sound that would come to be recognized by millions of fans over the world. Bob Wootton provided the unique "boom-chicka-boom" guitar that classifies most of Johnny's songs. The music of The Tennessee Three is as important to the sound and successes of Johnny Cash as his own voice. In 2006, an album titled "The Sound Must Go On" was released as an homage to the Cash legacy and Bob Wootton began touring the world once again with the music of The Tennessee Three.