Cashing In

12/10/2017

The Man in Black performed one of the most legendary performances for the men in orange at Folsom Prison in 1968.

There were two performances scheduled to take place at Folsom Prison on January 13th, 1968. The second performance was a safety net in case the first recorded performance didn't go well.

After Carl Perkins and the Statler Brothers performed, Johnny Cash took the stage. The inmates were silent until they heard the Man in Black introduce himself:

"Hello. I'm Johnny Cash."

Cash opened both shows with Folsom Prison Blues.

The inmates were quiet throughout the song's performance, careful not to applaud or cheer at any comments about the prison itself for fear of retaliation from the guards. The cheers heard on the album following the line "I shot a man in Reno, just to watch him die," were added in post-production.

All but two songs on the album, At Folsom Prison, came from the first performance of the day.