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[–]GoodnightElizabeth 194 points195 points  (4 children)

[–]TRIGMILLION 26 points27 points  (1 child)

The real MVP

[–]spoonard 17 points18 points  (0 children)


[–]LimitedWard 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Thanks. Apparently I'm not Mr. Brightside.

[–]ronearc 82 points83 points  (4 children)

"Hello, I'm Johnny Cash."

Such a simple, perfect way to start a show.

[–]pink_echoes 27 points28 points  (2 children)

I also like the Blues Bands "intro" (made after the 3rd song or so) at Rockpalast:

This is The Blues Band. And this is the Blues. [Start Playing]

Simple, short and somehow great (if you like Bluesrock, that is)

[–]ronearc 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Willie Nelson always leading off with Whiskey River is good too.

[–]QQMau5trap 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Alestorm was great too: do you like pirates? Crowd yells yeeeeaaaaah. Do dou like songs? Once again crowd yells. Here it is „ Pirate ..Song“

[–]CSmodel101 0 points1 point  (0 children)

As long as you're Johnny Cash.

[–]dalaw3 48 points49 points  (11 children)

Sherley actually joined his band after jail, and tried to reform his life ( Johnny was a Christian and truly believed in redemption). However, he never quite took to life on the outside and committed suicide.

[–]StrokingPiston[S] 17 points18 points  (8 children)

Yep. He also told members such as Marshall Grant (the bass player), he wanted to slit his throat, because that's the way he was.

[–]NecrolusterSurvey 2016 2 points3 points  (7 children)

Grant's throat or his own?

[–]StrokingPiston[S] 1 point2 points  (5 children)


[–]NecrolusterSurvey 2016 2 points3 points  (4 children)

Well, at least Cash tried. You can't help them all.

[–]StrokingPiston[S] 1 point2 points  (3 children)

Sadly you can't.

[–]NecrolusterSurvey 2016 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Most employers scorn ex-cons trying to turn their lives around, which of course leads to nothing good. Cash had a big heart for sure.

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

He was very open minded. Almost a bit too much, some say.

[–]NecrolusterSurvey 2016 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It's easy to be taken advantage of when you believe in the inherent good in people and open up to them.

[–]shitfaceddick 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Both and then two others. Because that's the way a bass is.

[–]33165564 11 points12 points  (1 child)

Red was here.

[–]WalkLikeAGiant 69 points70 points  (4 children)

Johnny Cash was only 35 years old at the time. He had the presence and gravitas of a man twice his age. What a great album. I listen to it often.

[–]StrokingPiston[S] 48 points49 points  (0 children)

He also looked like a man twice his age thanks to all those pills he took almost daily for 12 years.

[–]skarface6 9 points10 points  (1 child)

Drugs, man.

[–]graison 6 points7 points  (0 children)

It’s a hell of a drug.

[–]newtickled 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This was his 27th album. He had accomplished a lot for his age.

[–]peachyfuzzle 28 points29 points  (14 children)

What the fuck happened to country music?

[–][deleted] 13 points14 points  (3 children)

What isn't there to like about singing 1000 country-pop rehashes about your truck/drinking beer with the boys/riding on a countryside road?

[–]change1378 8 points9 points  (1 child)


[–]gl00pp -3 points-2 points  (0 children)


I just fn googld that.


[–]ribenamoustache 2 points3 points  (0 children)

You know if you play a country song backwards they get their truck back, their girl back..................that's a shit joke, sorry.

[–]StrokingPiston[S] 20 points21 points  (0 children)

It changed. Things change, you know.

[–]schwiftybass 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Sturgill Simpson is keeping outlaw country alive! Check him out if you're sick of what's on the radio.

[–]greatgildersneeze 4 points5 points  (1 child)

People have said that all along. They said it about Hank Williams. If you don't like the new country (I don't either) and think there should be more of the old style - get a guitar and make some.

[–]theVWally 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Country music is alive and well, its just not on the radio. Artists like Sturgill Simpson, Tyler Childers, Jason Isbell and the Turnpike Troubadours among many others are killing it with their music, you just wont find it on Country Top 40.

[–]cmd_iii 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Johnny Cash was actually more about rock & roll than country, back in the day. He was part of Sun Records' "Million-Dollar Quartet," with Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, and Jerry Lee Lewis. But, as a solo performer, his music trended more toward folk and country than the "rockabilly" sound of his peers.

His sound was always uncomplicated, his voice powerful, and his lyrics honest and true-to-life. An absolute genius, his music spoke to generations of fans of many genres.

Country music, in my opinion, never deserved him.

[–]muchdogeisenseinyou 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Cue Abe Simpson

[–]slow_rt_hand 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Check out Colter Wall

Kate McCannon

[–]MrSlug 27 points28 points  (1 child)

Still so wild to me that Merle Haggard was in San Quentin when Cash played there.

[–]StrokingPiston[S] 6 points7 points  (0 children)

And Cash saw June in the late 40's at the Grand Ole' Opry during a school trip. Little did he know...

[–]klopfuh 15 points16 points  (1 child)

Personally, Cash has to be up there as possibly the best ever. An absolute icon in every way.

[–]NecrolusterSurvey 2016 3 points4 points  (0 children)

He never stuck to any one genre either. His talent was so great he just made music, genres be damned.

[–]notthatshort 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Such a great record. The banter in between is fun and the prisoners are having a blast.

[–]fixthecopier 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Grandma had all of his albums. Those were the first records I ever played, back in the late 60's. I still listen to him.

[–]KirkBuckrogers 30 points31 points  (0 children)

I hear the train a comin' rollin' round the bend I ain't seen the sunshine since I don't know when Well I'm stuck in Folsom Prison and time keeps dragging on While a train keeps a rollin' on down to San Antone Well when I was just a baby my mama told me son Always be a good boy don't ever play with guns Well I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die When I hear that whistle blowin' I hang my head and I cry

Well I'll bet there's rich folks eatin' in some fancy dining car Probably drinkin' coffee and smokin' big cigars Well I know I had it comin' I know I can't be free But those people keep a movin' that's what tortures me

Well if they freed me from this prison if that railroad train was mine Bet I'd move it on a little farther down the line Far from Folsom Prison that's where I long to stay Then I'd let that lonesome whistle blow my blues away

Songwriters: Johnny Cash

Folsom Prison Blues lyrics © BMG Rights Management US, LLC


[–]masterfunkp 15 points16 points  (4 children)

He shot a man in Reno

[–]GoodnightElizabeth 11 points12 points  (3 children)

Just to watch him die.

[–]StrokingPiston[S] 10 points11 points  (2 children)

When I hear that whistle blowin', I hang my head and cry... Play it Luther!

[–]IconOfSim 1 point2 points  (1 child)

starts doin a jig to the solo

[–]StrokingPiston[S] -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

E and B string: 8-10 7 9 7 9 8-10 7 9 7 9 8-10 7 9 7 9 8-10 7 9 7 9 7 4 5. Don't know the how the rest of the solo goes.

[–]joshmoneymusic 9 points10 points  (1 child)

I wear the black for the poor and the beaten down, Livin' in the hopeless, hungry side of town, I wear it for the prisoner who has long paid for his crime, But is there because he's a victim of the times.

And, I wear it for the thousands who have died, Believen' that the Lord was on their side, I wear it for another hundred thousand who have died, Believen' that we all were on their side.

Ah, I'd love to wear a rainbow every day, And tell the world that everything's OK, But I'll try to carry off a little darkness on my back, 'Till things are brighter, I'm the Man In Black

I swear FOX news and the like would skewer Johnny Cash today as being an anti-military, progressive liberal.

[–]DarthOtter 2 points3 points  (0 children)

One of the my favourite songs to do at karaoke.

[–]MelonElbows 13 points14 points  (20 children)

Why did he go to a prison? Was that normal at the time? I can't see some famous musician these days deciding to do a concert and album from a prison

[–]StrokingPiston[S] 32 points33 points  (11 children)

Cash was a person that cared about the prisoners and wanted to remind them that someone still cared about them.

[–]quackingducklings 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Plus, it was simply him being his badass self.

[–]skarface6 7 points8 points  (9 children)

Plus it was part of his shtick.

[–]barelyian 6 points7 points  (8 children)

Exactly. I believe he also "went to jail" which was really a stunt organized by the record company.

[–]StrokingPiston[S] 4 points5 points  (4 children)

He actually spent the night in a cell seven times during his life.

[–]greatgildersneeze 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Once just for picking flowers.

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

SCREEECH HEY BOY, WHATCHA DOIN'? I'm just pickin' flowers :)

[–]barelyian 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Ah, my apologies then

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

He wound up in a cell with a big, bad looking guy once who didn't think he was Johnny Cash after he told Cash to sing and threatened him. That was probably a fond memory, haha.

[–]skarface6 3 points4 points  (2 children)

Wasn't he caught with heroin?

[–]StrokingPiston[S] 5 points6 points  (0 children)

He got caught with Ampthetamines that he bought in Mexico.

[–]themindlessone 2 points3 points  (0 children)


[–]EsquireSandwich 15 points16 points  (5 children)

his big early hit was folsom prison blues about being stuck in prison. Although he never went to prison (at least not early in life) he got this reputation that he had been. His song is also pretty sympathetic to people in jail. So playing at Folsom Prison made sense

[–]fixingshit 5 points6 points  (3 children)

Cash never served a prison sentence.

[–]skarface6 7 points8 points  (2 children)

Yeah, he only went to jail, IIRC.

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

He spent a total of seven nights in jail. Combined, that is.

[–]greatgildersneeze 5 points6 points  (0 children)

TIL I've done more time than Johnny Cash. I'm putting that in a song!

[–]MelonElbows 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Thanks, that makes sense now

[–]hugsbosson 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Imagine a black guy did a rap concert to a bunch of prisoners with similar lyrical content to some of johnny cash's songs..

[–]entombedgosling 1 point2 points  (0 children)

He would probably be put in jail himself, just for promoting it.

[–]hillbillyluchadore 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I’ve got to get that album on vinyl. Cash was so great. More than a musician, a phenomenal person too.

[–]gypsybiker 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Listen to this record (and San Quintin too) with earphones and you're there. In prison.

[–]Isakk86 4 points5 points  (2 children)

[–]Umpire 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Amazed by how well that worked out.

[–]broach71 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I like this one better

[–]Trimere[🍰] 2 points3 points  (0 children)


[–]el_lupino 2 points3 points  (0 children)

"Surely you can't be the actual guy who wrote the song."

"I am the guy!! And stop calling me... well, actually, never mind."

[–]Jarraty 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Someone was listening to NPR a few days ago...

[–]seriouslymytenth 1 point2 points  (0 children)

[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dNQZZCA7v9o](This is my favorite cover of this song. Christmas Story Blues)

[–]scuba_davis 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Is this a meme now?

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

Well now it is.

[–]lemondropPOP 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Outlaw Country!