50 years later, Johnny Cash’s Folsom Prison album continues to captivate and resonate

It was 50 years ago Saturday that Johnny Cash went to Folsom Prison to record an album that became one of the best-selling live albums of all time — not to mention his salvation.

Cash performed for inmates in the prison cafeteria on Jan. 13, 1969, backed by his wife, June Carter, Carl Perkins and the Tennessee Three.

“Hello, I’m Johnny Cash,” he said before launching into one of his biggest hits, “Folsom Prison Blues,” a song he recorded in 1953. There were two shows.

The album, “At Folsom Prison,” was released in May of 1968 on the Columbia label, and reached No. 1 on the country charts and in the top 15 on the national album charts, WKRN-TV reported.

Gene Beley covered the concert as a young reporter for the Ventura Star-Free Press.

“It was probably the first time they were allowed to give such emotion,” Gene Beley told History.com, referring to the inmates who made…

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