Tuesday, December 11, 2012

When the music comes alive: At Folsom Prison

There are a lot of good, live country music albums.  But are there any out there that could possibly top Johnny Cash's "At Folsom Prison" from his January 13, 1968, show at California's Folsom State Prison?

If there are, I'd like to know about them.

Columbia Records didn't see fit to invest much money into the project, which was a groundbreaking effort at the time.  But it turned into a hit, reaching the top of the country chart and the top 15 on the national album chart.  All these years later, it's gone triple platinum.

It was an album that turned Cash's career around.  With June Carter, Carl Perkins and the Statler Brothers along to back him up -- and with that Johnny Cash bite -- it was hard to go wrong with this one.


  1. Hard to imagine the Statler Brothers being involved with someone as authentic and HARD as JC but there ya go.

    1. The Statlers and JC did a fair amount of work together. JC was flexible.