While serving in West Germany in 1955 for the United States Air Force, “Folsom Prison Blues” was written after Cash saw the 1951 movie “Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison“. It’s impossible not to immersed yourself in the story while listening to it!
It combines elements from two popular folk genres, the train song and the prison song, both of which Cash carried for the rest of his career. The track was covered by his folk pals as well as contemporary bands, such as Everlast. Although he is primarily remembered as a country music icon, we can see his legacy in all the neo-folk acts today: his deep, distinctive bass-baritone voice, his little rebelliousness, accompanied with an increasingly somber and humble demeanor. Now they only need to provide free concerts inside prisons, Cash would be proud!