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50 years ago today, Johnny Cash recorded the ''Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison'' album. Here he is shaking hands with the inmate Glen Sherley, who wrote the song ''Greystone Chapel'', wich is featured on the album.

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-37 points · 6 months ago(0 children)


Thanks. Apparently I'm not Mr. Brightside.

87 points · 6 months ago

"Hello, I'm Johnny Cash."

Such a simple, perfect way to start a show.

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)

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

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

As long as you're Johnny Cash.

56 points · 6 months ago

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.

Original Poster21 points · 6 months ago

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.

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5 points · 6 months ago

Grant's throat or his own?

Original Poster3 points · 6 months ago


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4 points · 6 months ago

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

Original Poster3 points · 6 months ago

Sadly you can't.

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3 points · 6 months ago

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.

Original Poster2 points · 6 months ago

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

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3 points · 6 months ago

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

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

Red was here.


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.

Original Poster47 points · 6 months ago

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

Drugs, man.

10 points · 6 months ago

It’s a hell of a drug.

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

What the fuck happened to country music?

17 points · 6 months ago

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?


-2 points · 6 months ago


I just fn googld that.


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

Original Poster20 points · 6 months ago

It changed. Things change, you know.

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

6 points · 6 months ago · edited 6 months ago

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.

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.

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.

1 point · 6 months ago

Cue Abe Simpson

Check out Colter Wall

Kate McCannon

28 points · 6 months ago

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

Original Poster7 points · 6 months ago

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

16 points · 6 months ago

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

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4 points · 6 months ago

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

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

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.

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


He shot a man in Reno

Just to watch him die.

Original Poster11 points · 6 months ago

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

starts doin a jig to the solo

Original Poster-1 points · 6 months ago

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.

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.

One of the my favourite songs to do at karaoke.

Comment deleted6 months ago(3 children)

You can listen to it, if you like. It has some funny moments in it.

Original Poster11 points · 6 months ago

''No laughing there in the song please, who li... it's being recorded, I know, hell, don't you know it's recorded?'' Makes me laugh every time. The song where this happens is Dark as a dungeon.

I could swear that it happens more than once, but that is a really funny part. "Oh, he died? Ha ha!"

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

Original Poster34 points · 6 months ago

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

Plus, it was simply him being his badass self.

Plus it was part of his shtick.

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

Original Poster5 points · 6 months ago

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

Once just for picking flowers.

Original Poster4 points · 6 months ago

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

Ah, my apologies then

Original Poster1 point · 6 months ago

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.

Wasn't he caught with heroin?

Original Poster6 points · 6 months ago

He got caught with Ampthetamines that he bought in Mexico.


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

Cash never served a prison sentence.

Yeah, he only went to jail, IIRC.

Original Poster6 points · 6 months ago

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

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

Thanks, that makes sense now

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

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

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

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

2 points · 6 months ago

Amazed by how well that worked out.

I like this one better


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

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

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


Is this a meme now?

Original Poster1 point · 6 months ago

Well now it is.

Outlaw Country!

-11 points · 6 months ago(1 child)

Well, I'd say it does. Because no one seems to know that Glen Sherley probably didn't actually write the song. He did become a member of the Cash entourage after he was released from prison, supposedly as a song writer. Never wrote anything close to the quality of Greystone Chapel. He also married somebody else in the entourage and abused the shit out of Cash's kindness and general giving spirit. Eventually closer friends of cash had to get him to leave cash alone... Source is in the recent Johnny Cash Biography.

-5 points · 6 months ago(1 child)
4 points · 6 months ago · edited 6 months ago

There is a great tradition in folk music - including country and blues - of basing a song on an older song. It's not plagiarism. It's a throwback to the music being played for people in person rather than being available on records or what have you.

-13 points · 6 months ago(0 children)
Original Poster7 points · 6 months ago

I've been thinking of what to write for 20 minutes now, but I can't form a sentence because of my ADD. I keep forgetting what I was writing. Do some google searches on Cash's prison reform campaign, and why he loved prisoners. You might see why :)

Start small my friend, and take notes

Original Poster4 points · 6 months ago · edited 6 months ago

Didn't think of doing that :) If I can remember it I will definetly do it :)

Rule 1: assume youll forget. Get a pen a notepad now haha.

Also hit up the Podcast ADHD ReWired. Guys a social worker with ADHD who has some good strategies for those us with a deficit of attention.

Original Poster1 point · 6 months ago

I'll listen to them tonight. I'll keep the tab open so I won't forget, hhaha. Thanks! :)

2 points · 6 months ago

Yeah and OJ is innocent.

Original Poster1 point · 6 months ago

Maybe so.

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