Folsom Prison Blues

California’s Folsom State prisoners might have been heard singing the blues January 7th after a concert to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Johnny Cash’s performance was canned.

The tribute show, scheduled for January 13th, was going to be streamed worldwide over the Internet and take place in the same prison cafeteria where The Man in Black performed for inmates four decades earlier, to the day. Four nonprofit groups, including Prison Fellowship Ministries, planned to underwrite the show and share the profits.

Promoter Jonathan Holiff claimed the cancellation can be blamed on just another broken promise by prison officials but officials pointed the finger back the other way, citing problems over filming rights, media access and security concerns.