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.
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