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[–]rundownv2 227 points228 points  (8 children)

I like that they had to add in rowdy crowd noises after the fact because the prisoners were too well behaved.

[–]FabianC585[S] 79 points80 points  (6 children)

Yea I remember reading how a lot of the cheers were added in.

[–]Rhodesdc92 6 points7 points  (5 children)

This was a trivia question at my local bar tonight

[–]ancientflowers 3 points4 points  (4 children)

Is that true?

[–]Rhodesdc92 4 points5 points  (3 children)

Bar= drunk, not sure anymore what your asking

[–]ancientflowers 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Oh. Lol. I probably should have said this, but I meant to ask if it was true that they added in a lot of the cheers and other inmate sounds.

[–]FabianC585[S] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Yes it’s true

[–]ancientflowers 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Thanks. Part of me wishes that wasn't true... But it's also kinda cool hearing that the inmates we're behaving themselves so good that they had to add it in! I love that album.

[–]skinsrich 130 points131 points  (19 children)

Hello. I'm Johnny Cash.

[–]FabianC585[S] 60 points61 points  (17 children)

Cue the audience cheering.

[–]Doctor_Batman_115 23 points24 points  (16 children)

I hear the train a-coming

[–]thatbakedpotato 13 points14 points  (15 children)

it’s rolling round the bend

[–]jdw96 14 points15 points  (14 children)

I ain't seen the sunshine since I don't know when.

[–]JosephSmash 13 points14 points  (13 children)

Well I’m stuck in Folsom Prison

[–]Smylan 16 points17 points  (12 children)

And time keeps draaaggin on

[–]CaptDeathCap 14 points15 points  (11 children)

And that train keeps on rolling...

[–]manelmaneta 11 points12 points  (0 children)

On down to San Antone

[–]shellmachine 3 points4 points  (9 children)

On down to San Antone...

[–]YarickR 1 point2 points  (0 children)

And I always wear black

[–]SonOfOrion84 25 points26 points  (11 children)

Why was he performing at a prison? And do we have modern day prison performers?

[–]FabianC585[S] 58 points59 points  (3 children)

He performed at prisons since 1957, his song Folsom prison blues was a hit and lots of prisoners wrote him to perform at this prison or that prison, blah blah blah. John was also an advocate for prison reform, meaning he wanted better treatment for prisoners and better living conditions and opportunities to get jobs when the inmates got out etc.

There are modern day prison performers and a quick google search can reveal some interesting articles.

[–]clevername71 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Would love for modern day celebrity singers to take up the mantle.

[–]FabianC585[S] 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Yea, me and my friends play some instruments and always thought about performing at prisons but idk.

[–]ocp-paradox 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Sounds like you do know you just haven't done it yet

[–][deleted] 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Not modern, but The Cramps played at a mental hospital in 1978. Lux Interior dancing with the patients is as hilarious as it was awesome.

[–]Zaggie 5 points6 points  (1 child)

His career was faltering and he was heavily dependent on a wide range of drugs, so his live performances were suffering. He thought that a live prison album would get a lot of attention and the prisoners would be so appreciative they wouldn't boo him if he screwed up.

[–]FabianC585[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That’s right

[–]dicer 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Not a singer but Jeff Ross did comedy routines in prison. Gordon Ramsey did a cooking class in a series, too.

[–]PCW88 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Something tells me Ramsey wasn't screaming for the lamb sauce when he did those classes.

[–]dicer 0 points1 point  (0 children)

He just wanted a proper shank.

[–]not_dr_splizchemin 37 points38 points  (1 child)

I can listen to this album over and over. His interactions with the crowd are unique and amazing.

[–]FabianC585[S] 9 points10 points  (0 children)

I know, it’s one of my favorite albums of his and I’m gunna have it on repeat on vinyl tonight lol.

[–]Jindiana23 37 points38 points  (7 children)

One of the baddest men ever

[–]FabianC585[S] 17 points18 points  (4 children)

A true outlaw

[–]DeadpanDruid 17 points18 points  (3 children)

I wouldn't say he was a true outlaw. He maybe had a couple misdemeanors in his younger days but that's about it. True outlaw country musicians (Haggard, DAC, Shaver, etc..) always liked Cash but would actively speak out about how he adopted the persona of an outlaw but had nothing to back it up. Don't get me wrong, I love JC's music and especially this iconic concert.

[–]Username_Used 10 points11 points  (0 children)

I think it was haggard that said he lived the life that cash sang about.

[–]imnotsoho 3 points4 points  (1 child)

You leave out David Allan Coe? OUTLAW !!!

[–]DeadpanDruid 5 points6 points  (0 children)

DAC = David Allan Coe

[–]maruffin 0 points1 point  (0 children)

A true rebel!

[–]othybear 23 points24 points  (4 children)

I grew up I Folsom and it wasn’t until I moved away that I realized how awesome Johnny Cash was. Still, gotta represent my hometown!

[–]Estadounidos 9 points10 points  (5 children)

Can't remember it, but I like the quote he said about the prisoners there.

[–]thestonez 11 points12 points  (0 children)

You had me at "Hello, I'm Johnny Cash."

[–]SirEarlBigtitsXXVII 2 points3 points  (3 children)

It's on the back of the record cover iirc.

[–]Estadounidos 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Can't find it online. Don't know if it's what you're talking about, but I'm talking about the movie scene where he's in Folsom already and just before he walks out on stage he says something.

[–]suspensionodisbelief 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Walk The Line? Released 2005. Not sure how many Cash movies their are.

[–]Estadounidos 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Yes, I'm talking about the movie. And couldn't find the quote I mentioned online.

[–]guruofsnot 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I posted an AMA request once asking for someone who witnessed this live. No dice.

[–][deleted] 6 points7 points  (2 children)

"These men have receptions: Matlock, A50632, and Batshelter, A39879. These men have receptions."

JC: "Yeah, I doubt that."

[–]RadioactiveWalrus 6 points7 points  (1 child)

What's a reception in this context?

[–][deleted] 8 points9 points  (0 children)

They had visitors, typically family or friends. So Johnny's quip was basically saying "They're not leaving my show no matter what."

[–]Rheinix 9 points10 points  (1 child)

Been listening to him for couple of months now and just saw "Walk the line" the other day. What a man, what a legend!

[–]FabianC585[S] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

That’s why I started listening to him, I listened to him a little bit before watching the movie but after I saw it I instantly became a Cash fan, he will always be my favorite singer.

[–]lolasnickner 5 points6 points  (2 children)

Yay I got to show this to my dad today, its his 50th birthday and that's his favorite album :)

[–]StrokingPiston 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Did he know his favorite album was recorded the very year and day he was born?

[–]lolasnickner 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Now he does :)

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    [–]StrokingPiston 3 points4 points  (0 children)

    Well, we can work this out. Yes ma'am, I think we can.

    [–]hokeyWB 2 points3 points  (1 child)

    Johnny "I love to watch you talk"

    June (laughing) "I'm talking with my mouth... it's up here"

    [–]JayMan522 5 points6 points  (5 children)


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    [–]JayMan522 1 point2 points  (3 children)

    Didn’t know they added audience sounds. Takes away from it a little. But i love when an announcer says two prisoners have reception, and after a minute of silence Johnny comes back and says “yeauhh. I doubt that”

    [–]FabianC585[S] 0 points1 point  (2 children)

    Lol I like that part too.

    [–]JayMan522 3 points4 points  (1 child)

    I bought Hello I’m Johnny Cash at a yard sale for like 4 bucks. Live from Folsom was tucked inside too!

    [–]FabianC585[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Damn nice job.

    [–]exercise_halfpastnvr 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    I live near Folsom and his daughter is in town tonight to re-create the song. Pretty cool.

    [–]dad_soup 5 points6 points  (0 children)

    The good album is Live at San Quentin.

    [–]WeAreEvolving 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    My Mom And dad had this album when I was growing up so I heard it a lot.

    [–]Inconspicuousredditr 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Hey I have that exact guitar strap.

    [–]r_jar 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    love, love, love this album!

    [–]arlmwl 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Listening on Spotify right now.

    [–]Rhodesdc92 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Ah okay, the trivia version was what prison did he perform at, but the girl I like brought another guy to the bar, so I got super drunk, so I don't know

    [–]sodapopsundae 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Anybody else think he looks just like Jason Segel in this photo?

    [–]brad12172002 2 points3 points  (1 child)

    I wonder how many of the prisoners who were there are still alive.

    [–]FabianC585[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    I wonder that myself, I believe there’s an interview with an inmate from Folsom who’s still alive but I don’t know where to find it.

    [–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (2 children)

    Besides being a beautiful woman with a beautiful voice, you can tell why Johnny had to marry June Carter by listening to this great album. You can tell she has a beautiful soul.

    [–]FabianC585[S] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

    Exactly, also if you listen to their album ‘Carrying on with Johnny cash and june Carter’ you can hear some great duets they sing.

    [–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Definitely. They were one of those couples who worked together professionally at first, but I have a feeling (too young to know) that many people thought they'd end up together because of their rapport.

    [–]DarkJester89 3 points4 points  (4 children)

    and 29 years ago today, I was born on a Friday :D

    [–]UnicornFarts1111 5 points6 points  (1 child)

    Happy Birthday!

    [–]DarkJester89 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    thanks so much :)

    [–]FabianC585[S] 2 points3 points  (1 child)

    Happy birthday buddy

    [–]DarkJester89 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Happy birthday buddy thanks so much!

    [–]George_F_Babbit 1 point2 points  (2 children)

    Long Black Veil. What a story that song tells. They just don’t write country songs like that anymore. Everything is a some shitty anthem to the supposed superiority of simple, southern life.

    [–]imnotsoho 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    They still write those songs, and sing them, you just won't hear them on a ClearChannel radio station.

    [–]FabianC585[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    I kno right, music really isn’t like what it was back then.

    [–]maruffin 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    June Carter once said in an interview that she became a “thief” in order to keep him alive. She stole for him.

    [–]MsMarhaS 1 point2 points  (1 child)

    Listening to it right now, Heal my Soul Johnny!

    [–]FabianC585[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Someone knows how to celebrate.

    [–]Cherokee-Roses 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Is it a really strange thing to say that I'm actually jealous of those prisoners? Would've given a lot to hear him perform live. Such an amazing artist.

    [–]SirEarlBigtitsXXVII 0 points1 point  (1 child)

    I have the record. I think I'll spin it up right now!

    [–]FabianC585[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Sounds like a plan my dude

    [–]Gone333 -3 points-2 points  (0 children)

    Johnny cash, james franco's real father

    [–]Castmember78 -4 points-3 points  (0 children)

    That’s got to be James Franco

    [–]thezillalizard -3 points-2 points  (1 child)

    No he didn’t. Johnny Cash is overrated

    [–]CesarMillan_Official -4 points-3 points  (2 children)

    "One of the greatest albums of all time" Yeah. That is if you have never heard of Florida Georgia line with Nelly.

    [–]FabianC585[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    Hell naw

    [–]VAisforLizards 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    ... Ima stop you right there