If anyone deserves a photo exhibit dedicated to their life and legacy, it’s got to be Johnny Cash.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Cash’s Folsom Prison concerts, a collection of photographs from the performance are on display for the public. Titled 1968: A Folsom Redemption, the personal photography exhibition covers the monumental moment in Cash’s career.
In January 1968, Cash found himself at a crossroads in his career. His music underwent a slow decline for several years, and he needed a way to get back on his feet. After undergoing a battle with substance abuse, he knew he had to do something unprecedented. This decision resulted in his critically-acclaimed prison tours.
Cash had performed in prisons as far back as 1957, after many inmates identified with his song, “Folsom Prison Blues.” Photographer Dan Poush and journalist Gene Beley met with Cash and his family the day before the iconic concerts began.
After rehearsing with the Tennessee Three, Cash, along with Carl Perkins and the Statler Brothers, performed two shows at Folsom.
Johnny Cash Fans Get To Experience ‘Folsom Prison’ Performance In Photography Exhibit
The recordings do more than eternalize Cash’s voice. They capture an emotional moment of Cash connecting with the inmates in a way that’s difficult to describe unless you were lucky enough to be there.
The recording resulted in the famous album, At Folsom Prison, which has become one of Cash’s most memorable records.
Where words fall short, the exhibit makes up for it in revealing pivotal moments in the life of one of music’s most beloved individuals. The traveling collection of 31 photos features a wide range of personal pictures with friends and family.
It also features a backstage meeting between country music legend Merle Haggard and the Man in Black himself.
The exhibition highlights Cash’s best moments in time. From the Folsom Prison album recording to a concert in Anaheim, Calif., the exhibit gives fans a rare glimpse into the world of the mysterious Mr. Cash.