Summer is concert season, and as part of our own summer concert series, we're putting the spotlight on places that have witnessed some of the most memorable musical performances in American history. Some are traditional venues, and others… well, not so much. But they all have two things in common: terrific music and fascinating history.
Performer(s): Johnny Cash, June Carter, Carl Perkins, the Tennessee Three, and the Statler Brothers
Venue: Folsom State Prison
Location: Represa, California
Date: January 13, 1968
Memorable Moment: The night before the show, Cash was presented with an original recording of an inmate who was serving life at Folsom. He liked the song, “Greystone Chapel,” so much, he recorded it as part of the show the next day.
Show Vibe: Roughly 1,000 inmates desperate for entertainment but surrounded by armed guards provided a unique atmosphere.
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