This week we visit Folsom, California.
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.
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.