A Johnny Cash live concert from 1968 will be released as an album, Johnny Cash, At the Carousel Ballroom, on September 24.
In the span of 13 months in the late 1960s, Johnny Cash released two seminal live albums, 1968’s At Folsom Prison and 1969’s At San Quentin. In between those two live prison concerts in California, Johnny performed at The Carousel Ballroom in San Francisco on April 24, 1968. Of course, The Carousel wasn’t a prison. It was a counterculture venue in the heart of Haight-Ashbury that was briefly operated as a collective by Jefferson Airplane and The Grateful Dead, among others. The venue was later rebranded as The Fillmore West.
Owsley “Bear” Stanley, a renowned audio engineer for The Grateful Dead, as well as the in-house engineer at The Carousel, captured the concert. This upcoming release marks the latest entry in the “Bear’s Sonic Journals” series, which has previously included Stanley’s live recordings of The Allman Brothers Band, Tim Buckley, Doc & Merle Watson, and more.
28 Spins on the Carousel
The new album features 28 songs, including Cash classics like “Cocaine Blues,” “Jackson,” “Ring of Fire,” “Big River,” “I Walk the Line,” and more. In addition, the album includes Cash taking on two Bob Dylan compositions, “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right” and “One Too Many Mornings.”
During the concert, Cash was backed by his legendary band, The Tennessee Three (Luther Perkins, Marshall Grant, and W.S. Holland). In addition, Johnny’s new bride, June Carter Cash, was onstage with him that night.
The live album includes new essays by Johnny and June Carter Cash’s son John Carter Cash, Owsley Stanley’s son Starfinder Stanley, The Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir, Widespread Panic’s Dave Schools, and more.
“When you hear this, you feel like you are on the stage with the band,” said Starfinder Stanley in a press release.
“[At The Carousel is] what I believe to be one of the most intimate and connected shows I have ever heard,” added John Carter Cash.
Listen to “I’m Going to Memphis” from the upcoming album.
‘Johnny Cash at the Carousel Ballroom’ Track List
- Cocaine Blues
- Long Black Veil
- Orange Blossom Special (CD and Digital only)
- Going to Memphis
- The Ballad of Ira Hayes
- Rock Island Line
- Guess Things Happen That Way
- One Too Many Mornings
- Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right
- Give My Love to Rose
- Green, Green Grass of Home
- Old Apache Squaw
- Forty Shades of Green
- Bad News
- Tall Lover Man
- June’s Song Introduction
- Wildwood Flower
- Foggy Mountain Top
- This Land Is Your Land
- Wabash Cannonball
- Worried Man Blues
- Long Legged Guitar Pickin’ Man
- Ring of Fire
- Big River
- Don’t Take Your Guns to Town
- I Walk the Line