Johnny Cash Live at Folsom Prison
A 50th Anniversary Tribute by the Junior Johnson Band

Fri 16 Nov, 7pm - Portrush
Johnny Cash Live at Folsom Prison <br> A 50th Anniversary Tribute by the Junior Johnson Band
Event Info:
  • Fri 16 Nov
  • 7pm
  • Portrush
    Portrush
  • 8.00

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"On January 13th 1968, Johnny Cash performed two of the most important gigs of his life. This year Atlantic Sessions will be marking its 50th anniversary with a special gig recreating that iconic album by Junior Johnson and his band. This will be a unique event not to be missed."

Curated by Joe Lindsay:

“On January 13th 1968, Johnny Cash performed two of the most important gigs of his life. Much against everyone's advice at Columbia records, Cash, June Carter, Carl Perkins, the Statler Brothers and the Tennessee Three went to Folsom Prison to record a live album in front of an audience of inmates.

His career seem to being stalling, this was a make or break live album. He'd been interested in performing in a prison since his 1955 single Folsom Prison Blues. The 15 tracks on the album released that May came from 13 tracks from the first gig, two from the second, Cash had always intended to do two gigs, in case he wasn't happy with just one.

It was a pure 'belt and braces' approach and even had the blessing of future President, then Governor of California, Ronald Reagan. The setlist included the gallows-humoured '25 Minutes To Go', 'I Got Stripes', 'Jackson' with June Carter and 'Greystone Chapel' written by inmate Glen Sherley, who was in the front row unaware Cash was going to perform his song. The live version of Folsom Prison Blues gave him his first number one single in four years; the album, a number one on the Country charts, top 15 on the national chart.

The gamble paid off and was the first of 4 albums he would record in prisons. The Man In Black reminded the world how much of an outlaw he truly was. It has since went three times platinum and is considered one of the greatest live recordings in American music history.

This year Atlantic Sessions will be marking its 50th anniversary with a special gig recreating that iconic album by Junior Johnson and his band. This will be a unique event not to be missed.”

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