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Live from the Carousel Ballroom 53 years later, the Man in Black

Thursday, June 24, 2021 – Johnny Cash played the Carousel Ballroom in San Francisco in 1968, just days before the release of his seminal "Live in Folsom Prison." Now that concert will see the light of day with the release of a CD, "Bear's Sonic Journals: Johnny Cash, At The Carousel Ballroom, April 24 1968" on Sept. 24.

The Owsley Stanley Foundation and Renew Records/BMG will release the CD. The live album, which will be released on CD/2LP, features new essays by Johnny and June Carter Cash's son John Carter Cash, Stanley's son Starfinder Stanley, The Grateful Dead's Bob Weir and Widespread Panic's Dave Schools, as well as new art by Susan Archie and a reproduction of the original Carousel Ballroom concert poster by Steve Catron. The release will also be widely available in all digital formats by Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment.

"At The Carousel Ballroom" captures Cash in dialogue with his then-new bride June Carter, and backed by his band The Tennessee Three: guitarist Luther Perkins, bassist Marshall Grant and drummer W.S. Holland. His set list that evening diverged from other concerts of the time, as Cash chose to cover two Bob Dylan compositions ("Don't Think Twice It's Alright," and his earliest known recording of "One Too Many Mornings") and perform songs of the overlooked and underserved such as "The Ballad of Ira Hayes."

"When you hear this, you feel like you are on the stage with the band," said Starfinder Owsley. John Carter Cash described the concert as "what I believe to be one of the most intimate and connected shows I have ever heard.

The track list is:
1. Cocaine Blues
2. Long Black Veil
3. Orange Blossom Special (CD and Digital only)
4. Going to Memphis
5. The Ballad of Ira Hayes
6. Rock Island Line
7. Guess Things Happen That Way
8. One Too Many Mornings
9. Don't Think Twice, It's All Right
10. Give My Love to Rose
11. Green, Green Grass of Home
12. Old Apache Squaw
13. Lorena
14. Forty Shades of Green
15. Bad News
16. Jackson
17. Tall Lover Man
18. June's Song Introduction
19. Wildwood Flower
20. Foggy Mountain Top
21. This Land Is Your Land
22. Wabash Cannonball
23. Worried Man Blues
24. Long Legged Guitar Pickin' Man
25. Ring of Fire
26. Big River
27. Don't Take Your Guns to Town
28. I Walk the Line


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