FOLSOM50

 

PLAYING JOHNNY CASH IN OREGON PRISONS

Danny Wilson and Tracy Schlapp created FOLSOM50 with their band Luther's Boots to commemorate Johnny Cash’s legendary prison concerts. The performance resonates with Cash’s belief in reinvention, his own redemption — a biographical thread that ran through all of Cash’s catalog. Rather than replicating the shows, Luther’s Boots reinterprets Cash’s music and styling by drawing from Cash’s ability to transmit the emotional complexity of hillbilly music. The songs from the At Folsom Prison live recording are styled by the band with an ear to contemporary audiences.

Cash empathized with the plight of the incarcerated and in doing so, remembered the forgotten through his music. The strains of his lyrics acknowledge human darkness, frailty, and the light found in redemption. The Cash prison concerts recognized a contract between performer and audience that is dignified through mutual respect. This idea resonated with the project creators as a larger framework for Cash’s musical and social/political legacy. And as such, they will revive this spirit through a series of concerts, workshops, and sing-a-longs in Oregon Prisons.

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2019 OREGON PRISON TOUR

TO BE ANNOUNCED

2018 OREGON PRISON TOUR

Coffee Creek Correctional Facility, Wilsonville

Columbia River Correctional Inst, Portland

Eastern Oregon Correctional Inst, Pendleton

Oregon State Correctional Inst, Salem

Oregon State Penitentiary, Salem

Powder River Correctional Facility, Baker City

Shutter Creek Correctional Inst, North Bend

Snake River Correctional Inst, Ontario

South Fork Forest Camp, Tillamook Forest

Warner Creek Correctional Facility, Lakeview