On January 13, 2008, forty years to the day, longtime
drummer, WS “Fluke” Holland will lead his band back to Folsom State PrisonÂ to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the recording ofÂ ”
At Folsom Prison,” widely considered to be the best live record ever made. Johnny Cash’s performance on January 13, 1968, was a seminal moment in music and pop culture history. Released by Columbia records in the summer of 1968, ”
At Folsom Prison” made a 90 week assault on the country music charts, peaking at Number 1 for three weeks in July and August. The story was the same on the pop charts, where the album spent an incredible 122 weeks in the Top 200.
Â The 40th Anniversary of ‘
At Folsom Prison is replete with history and coincidence. The free concert will feature several members of Cash’s original group. Most notable is drummer WS “Fluke” Holland. A special guest vocalist will be introduced at the show!
Coincidentally, Jonathan Holiff, son of the late Saul Holiff, the Canadian entrepreneur who managed Cash from 1960 to 1973, will produce the 40th anniversary event.
The event is a labor of love for all concerned. Not a single dollar of taxpayer money is being used to mount the show. A dozen vendors are underwriting most of the production costs; most notably Prison Fellowship Ministries, the world’s largest outreach to prisoners, ex-prisoners, and their families.
Twenty per cent of all net proceeds will be donated to four participating non-profit organizations, including the California Inmate Welfare Fund and VOCAL Foundation/Justice for Murder Victims.