There'll Never Be Another Johnny Cash
by The Borders Brothers
This song is a tribute to the Man In Black, Johnny Cash. Written by Bruce A. Borders and performed by the Borders Brothers. Carl Borders - Guitar, Bruce A. Borders - vocals.
The Borders Brothers
Carl Borders, the oldest of the Borders Brothers, is the man behind the sound, that sound being the guitar. At home with any instrument, proficient at most, his weapon of choice remains the guitar. An accomplished guitarist, he provides each song on The Borders Brothers CD's with an identifiable, yet unique sound. Whether it's She Ain't Gonna Call, Conquer The World or Get A Job, Carl's guitar playing is quickly recognized and appreciated.
Since receiving his first acoustic guitar, at age nine, nothing has dampened his desire to learn, quelled his passion to play or diminished the skill he developed as a result of relentless dedication to his craft. The countless hours of practice are evident today as you watch his nimble fingers slide effortlessly up and down the neck. The real proof though, is what you hear on each recording.
Carl never had formal lessons but was self taught by listening to and watching guitar greats such as Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard and Carl Perkins - his "go to" guys.
Learning to blend their styles into his own sound has helped set him apart from any ordinary guitar player. His versatility, allowing him to quickly adapt to different music styles is uncanny. He easily moves from the Boom-Chicka-Boom of Johnny Cash type songs to the fast-fingered flat-picking heard on A Blonde And A Brunette. Carl is equally comfortable with the smooth easy-going feel of songs like I Could Go Crazy.
Born in Cape Giradeau, Missouri, in 1963, Carl has also lived in Wyoming and Oregon. He currently work as a ranch hand. Previously, he's been employed as a journeyman carpenter and a truckdriver, and has also been a member of a half dozen bands. ~
Bruce A. Borders
Bruce A. Borders grew up listening to Country Music; fascinated with the way the songs were constructed. As a young boy, he decided to be a songwriter.
Born in 1967, in Cape Giradeau, Missouri, he was privileged to be raised on the Country Classics. The son of a preacher, Gospel music played a big role in his life as well. It was those songs that provided a blueprint when he began to make a serious effort at songwriting while still in High School - literally.
"I remember sitting in class one day," he recalls, "bored, 'cause I had all my work done, and waiting patiently, or impatiently, for the last hour to crawl by. I decided to write a song, and by the end of the day it was finished." He was 15 at the time.
As a teenager, his favorite artists included George Jones, Conway Twitty, Merle Haggard and Waylon Jennings along with many others. But, the single most influential singer/songwriter was Johnny Cash. Many of Bruce's songs were unmistakably patterned after the style of the Man In Black, from Let 'em Go, a gospel ballad describing the exodus from Egypt by Moses and the Israelites, to the amusing I Got Cash, a reflective look at the Johnny Cash memorabilia Bruce has collected through the years. As a tribute to his legendary hero, he wrote There'll Never Be Another Johnny Cash, shortly after the singers death in 2003.
The 90's ushered in a new era in Country Music, which Bruce found unsettling, as most of the familiar artists were replaced with new faces. The traditional country sounds gave way to contemporary pop songs, but he determinedly maintained his country roots. "There'll always be a few of us who like the old stuff - the real stuff," he says. Songs like Play Me Some Country show he hasn't changed his mind. Tonight Another Angel Fell and Will You Visit My Grave reveal those early influences still dominate his songwriting.
To earn a living, Bruce worked as a dental technician for 13 years before becoming a truckdriver in 1996. The time behind the wheel, 10-12 hours per day, provides ample opportunity for thinking, which according to him is the one necessary ingredient for writing songs.
Over the years, Bruce has lived in a number of places: Missouri, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Wyoming and Oregon. When he's not busy driving or taking care of things at home, Bruce can usually be found somewhere with a pen and paper, Just Writing A Song. ~
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