“Folsom Prison Blues” is a song written and first recorded in 1955 by Johnny Cash. The song combines elements from two popular folk styles, the train song and the prison song, both of which Cash would continue to use for the rest of his career. It was one of Cash’s signature songs.
|Single by Johnny Cash|
|B-side||“So Doggone Lonesome“|
|Released||December 15, 1955
April 1968 (re-recording)
|Recorded||July 30, 1955, Sun Studio, Memphis, Tennessee|
|Genre||Rockabilly, country blues, rock and roll|
Johnny Cash considered his UK appearance at Glastonbury Festival 1994 as one of the great highlights of his musical career. He wrote about the performance in his autobiography and was so moved by his experience at the time, there were tears rolling down his face when he came off stage afterwards, according to the other performers who were there.
– Paul Goodman (hubpages.com)
Worthy Farm, Pilton, England
June 26, 1994
- Bob Wootton – guitar
- W. S. Holland – drums
- Dave Roe – bass
- Backing vocals and rhythm guitar: John Carter Cash
- Vocals on Jackson and If I were a Carpenter: June Carter
Folsom Prison Blues is a song written and recorded by American country music artist Johnny Cash. The song combines elements from two popular folk genres, the train song and the prison song, both of which Cash would continue to use for the rest of his career. It became one of Cash’s signature songs. It was the eleventh track on his debut album With His Hot and Blue Guitar but was also included (same version) on All Aboard the Blue Train. Folsom Prison Blues was in the country Top Five in 1956, though Cash had written it while in the Air Force somewhere before 1954.