How Johnny Cash Went To (Folsom) Prison And Changed Everything

By Cyn Felthousen-Post
Johnny Cash on the cover of 'At Folsom Prison.' Source:

Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison just about saved Johnny Cash. By the mid-'60s, the country music legend wasn't as popular as he'd once been. He was ready to turn it around, and on January 13, 1968, at California's Folsom State Prison, he put on a show that was groundbreaking, personally satisfying, and commercially successful. 

Cash had been interested in prisoners and prison life for over a decade, and "Folsom Prison Blues" had been a big hit in 1955. His days of hitmaking seemed behind him, but At Folsom Prison changed his trajectory, making him relevant to younger listeners and setting the stage for him to get his own TV show.