When looking for a place to start over, it’s fairly unlikely that a prison will be the first place to spring to mind. That, of course, was not the case for the Man in Black. After taking some time away from the spotlight to tame his turbulent relationship with drugs, Johnny Cash made his way toward Folsom Prison in January 1968, where he gave two concerts to the prison’s inmates.
This was not Cash’s first show for inmates, but it was certainly his most acclaimed. Fully surpassing the meager expectations of his record label (Columbia invested little in the venture, as they were shifting promotional gears from country to pop artists), Cash’s live album hit the top of the charts and gave impetus to Cash’s own personal and professional comeback. Said Cash later on about his Folsom performance, “That’s where things really got started for me again”. Since then, the album has gone triple platinum.