A Concert Behind Prison Walls

A Concert: Behind Prison Walls
Johnny Cash - A Concert Behind Prison Walls.jpg
Live album by
Released September 23, 2003 (2003-09-23)
Recorded 1974
Venue Tennessee State Prison, Nashville, Tennessee
Genre Country, rockabilly, folk
Length 47:47
Label Eagle
Johnny Cash chronology
One Piece at a Time
A Concert: Behind Prison Walls
The Last Gunfighter Ballad
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Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]

A Concert: Behind Prison Walls is the fifty-fourth overall album and a live album recorded by Johnny Cash at the Tennessee State Prison in 1974. The album features a total of seven performances by Cash with his backing band the Tennessee Three. It also features a total of nine performances by Linda Ronstadt, Roy Clark and Foster Brooks.

The album is the soundtrack to a television special featuring the concert (Bill Turner, the same narrator from the broadcast, can be heard introducing acts on the album). It was not intended for release as a soundtrack album, but did eventually see release as such in 2003. It was released only 11 days after Cash's death and as such stands as his first posthumous release of previously unreleased performances, though it was not planned as such. A DVD of the broadcast was also released.

A Concert: Behind Prison Walls stands as the fourth and final album of Cash's conceptual series of live albums recorded before an audience of prison inmates. The other three are, chronologically, At Folsom Prison (1968), At San Quentin (1969) and På Österåker (1973).

The original release of the show was called Flowers Out of Place and featured Glen Sherley, who had written several songs that Cash had performed at earlier prison concerts. Sherley's material has been cut from recent releases of the show.

Track listing

Source: Allmusic[2]


  • Johnny Cash – vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica
  • Linda Ronstadt – vocals
  • Roy Clark – vocals, guitar, banjo
  • Foster Brooks – vocals

The Tennessee Three


  1. ^ allmusic
  2. ^ "Album at Allmusic". Retrieved 23 March 2011.

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