Friday Night Forgotten Oldie: Johnny Cash and bicycles?

This week we visit Folsom, California.

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A few weeks ago the second phase of Folsom’s 2.5-mile Johnny Cash Trail opened with a festival, two fun runs and a community bike ride. The first phase of the nearly $8 million project was completed nearly three years ago, when a 1.2-mile segment of the bike trail opened.

Folsom plans to create a public display to honor Cash with eight large pieces of art that will tell the legendary singer’s story.

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When Johnny Cash played at San Quentin State Prison in California on New Year’s Day, 1958, one of the inmates sitting in the audience was a future country music legend, 20-year old Merle Haggard.

“He had the right attitude. He chewed gum, looked arrogant and flipped the bird to the guards-he did everything the prisoners wanted to do. He was a mean mother from the South who was there because he loved us,” Haggard said. “When he walked away, everyone in that place had become a Johnny Cash fan.”

Then on January 13, 1968, Cash performed at Folsom Prison. A live album was recorded that went to #1.

Cash, an advocate for prisoners’ rights and prison reform, did the show for free.

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