United States of Americana®

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United States of Americana for January 13, 2013
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45 years ago today, Johnny Cash, June Carter and the Statler Brothers did something nobody had done before. They entered Folsom Prison in Folsom, California to record an album. Many thought it was career suicide. But, the album was a huge hit, reaching number one on the country charts in 1968. Cash was defiant, funny & charming during the legendary concert. By the sound of it, the prisoners appeared to have a good time, too! I played several tracks from this legendary recording. I also dug up a handful of songs inspired by prisons.

I also featured a couple of tunes from local sisters, the Ericksons, who are holding their CD release show this Thursday at The Cedar, and the usual array of new Americana!


I Still Miss Someone

Johnny Cash

Where do You Dwell

The Ericksons

Convict Pool


In the Jailhouse Now

Webb Pierce

Border Radio

Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison

I'm Shakin'

The Blasters

Silver Bullet

Ol' Yeller


Chicago Farmer

All the Best

John Prine

Wingless Angels

Bow Thayer

Queen of the City

Joshua James

You Can't Buy My Love

Robert Plant


Johnny Cash & June Carter

Run From You

Max Gomez

Street People

Bobby Charles

Dungeon of Irons

Wooden Wand

The Good Life (is Wasted)


Mama Tried

Merle Haggard

Gone Blind

The Ericksons

25 Minutes to Go

Johnny Cash

Green, Green Grass of Home

Porter Wagoner

I Cry for Love

Carrie Rodriguez

Wild One

Those Darlins


The Staves

Rice and Beans (But No Beans)

Welcome Wagon

Life in Prison

The Byrds

Appalachian Girl

Pert Near Sandstone

When a Woman Loves a Man

Paul Kelly

Ten Little Kids

The Jayhawks

Pretty Little Lie

Blackberry Smoke

Folsom Prison Blues

Johnny Cash

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