Los Tigres Del Norte Reprise Historic Johnny Cash Performance For Folsom Inmates
In 1966, Johnny Cash held his historic Folsom Prison performance for its inmates. The impact of that performance created a ripple immortalized in the minds and hearts of people across the world. 50 years later to the day, Los Tigres Del Norte honored Cash and the Folsom inmates by reprising the performance in their classic Norteño style.
“Hemos venido a la prisión de Folsom
a estar con los que se perdieron en el camino.
Cinquenta anos despues del concierto del legendario Johnny Cash,
En California, donde está folsom, el 43% de todos los reclusos son de origen latino.
Como Johnny Cash Venimos aquí para traer luz”
“We have come to Folsom prison
To be with those who got lost along the way.
Fifty years after the legendary Johnny Cash concert,
In California, where folsom is, 43% of all inmates are of Latino origin.
Like Johnny Cash we come here to bring light”
In 2019 32.2% of all inmates across the US are of LatinX origin. When Johnny Cash performed for Folsom in 66’ the inmate population was exclusively male with a majority of white offenders. Today Folsom houses a diverse population of men and women, 43% of which are of LatinX origin. In the concertmentary, the inmates elaborate on the LatinX struggle with immigration, gang affiliation, education, and incarceration. Interviews from inmates on both sides show their reflection on life and what it means for them to witness the performance.
Music brings people together. The legend of the Folsom performance comes from the hope Cash and Tigres set out to give every inmate. The hope of understanding, rehabilitation, and a better life. Los Tigres Del Norte covers Cash’s famous Folsom Prison Blues in this video. Fans of the original will instantly recognize the song and appreciate Los Tigres style as well as their vocals in Spanish.
Then and now the inmates see themselves in the performers and their stories. Cash and Tigres music highlights the vibrant tapestry of life in all of its twists, turns, and choices. These performances are a snapshot in time of US inmates spanning 50 years.