Prisons Tracks: “Chain Gang”

As the second song in our series Prison Tracks, Sam Cooke’s “Chain Gang” is decidedly more upbeat than “Folsom Prison Blues.” With its R&B rhythms and tight harmonies, the song reached #2 in the US pop charts and has come…

Prison Tracks: “Folsom Prison Blues”

As a high-security symbol of society’s ability to enforce its laws, correctional institutions have long been fertile ground for songs and stories. In 1955, Johnny Cash was able to tap into this vein with his single “Folsom Prison Blues.” History…