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Johnny Cash Folsom Prison Part 4

Posted by Andy Cahn On January - 13 - 2009

It was 41 years ago today.  Enjoy the final installment, and look for a new series on Cash’s San Quentin concert to start in late February.

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Johnny Cash Folsom Prison Part 3

Posted by Andy Cahn On December - 15 - 2008

Inmate Miller Deadman tells how much the men appreciated that “he had something to give and came here to give it to us.  ’Hey Johnny, thanks for coming’ — this is the feeling.”  After many songs describing the prisoner’s life in a serious tone, Johnny’s wife June Carter joined him onstage, lightening the mood.  Cash also performed “Greystone Chapel,” a song written by Folsom inmate Glen Sherley, for the men, further cementing his connection to them.

Songs included: Long Black Veil, I Got A Woman, Jackson, Greystone Chapel

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Johnny Cash Folsom Prison Part 2

Posted by Andy Cahn On December - 8 - 2008

Journalist Gene Beley, who accompanied the Cashes to Folsom, describes starting the day with June Carter Cash exclaiming “this is a huckleberry picking morning,” the passage through the gates and seeing their first inmates, struck by their youth.  C.O. Jim Brown says Cash “worked the crowd,” including singing songs about prison life, and taking a drink from a prisoner’s tin cup during the show.  Merle Haggard, who was an inmate in California, said Cash identified with the men’s plight.  ”He understood somehow and the convicts knew it.”

Songs included: Blue Suede Shoes, I Still Miss Someone, Cocaine Blues, Stripes Around My Shoulders, Big Mouthed Woman

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Johnny Cash Folsom Prison Part 1

Posted by Andy Cahn On November - 26 - 2008

Host Rodney Crowell sets the stage for the historic Johnny Cash concerts performed at Folsom Prison, June 13, 1968.  Folsom inmate Miller Deadman and Corrections Officer Jim Brown, who were in the cafeteria that day tell the history of the institution, daily life of the prisoners and what it meant to them when The Man in Black came calling.

Songs included: John Henry, Folsom Prison Blues, Busted, Dark as a Dungeon

Johnny Cash Folsom Prison

Recommended: Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison DVD/CD Box Set

Producer: Joyride Media

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The Johnny Cash TV Show Podcast Episode 3

Posted by Legacy Recordings On January - 22 - 2008

Between 1969 and 1971, Johnny Cash was at the height of his fame. ABC wanted him on their network, and gave him full creative control. Bob Hilburn and Cash’s son, John Carter Cash, wonder which of today’s artists would have the clout with TV programmers to book the artists featured in this episode – Waylon Jennings, Ray Charles, Derek & the Dominoes, Carl Perkins, and even James Taylor’s first national TV performance. Marty Stuart adds why all of those artists, regardless of genre, were also big Johnny Cash fans.

Host: Rodney Crowell

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The Johnny Cash TV Show Podcast Episode 2

Posted by Podmaster On January - 15 - 2008

“The Johnny Cash Show” was a TV variety show in the purest sense. Cash handpicked the show’s guests, and never limited his choices to any genre. His daughter, Rosanne Cash, tells us how the program was an extension of her father’s diverse interests. Music director, Bill Walker, and journalist Bob Hilburn recall Cash’s determination to feature the latest talent alongside traditional gospel and folk tales. Performances by Joni Mitchell, Tammy Wynette, Kris Kristofferson, the Carter Family, Carl Perkins and Louis Armstrong demonstrate the breadth of Cash’s favorites at the time.

Host: Rodney Crowell

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The Johnny Cash TV Show Podcast Episode 1

Posted by Legacy Recordings On January - 8 - 2008

Johnny Cash’s groundbreaking TV variety show aired on ABC-TV between 1969-1971. The program featured Cash performing with an eclectic mix of artists, including a few appearing on national TV for the first time. In this first episode, Kris Kristofferson, Marty Stuart and Bill Walker (the show’s musical director) discuss what made the show great, between excerpts of Johnny Cash’s own highlights from the program.

Host: Rodney Crowell

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