Los Tigres del Norte tease Netflix doc with ‘La Prision de Folsom (Folsom Prison Blues)’ – Houston Chronicle
Los Tigres del Norte is putting its own spin on an iconic moment in music history.
“La Prision de Folsom” is the local Mexican band’s spin on Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues.” See the video below. It’s the very first single and video from “Los Tigres del Norte at Folsom Jail,” a Netflix documentary and live album set for a September release.
The tune and video were recorded, naturally, at the same jail Money visited 50 years back throughout his famous “At Folsom Prison” album. Los Tigres had the support of John Carter Cash, child of Johnny Money, and the tune was written in cooperation with daughter-in-law Ana Cristina Cash.
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“It was such a true blessing to be able to support Los Tigres del Norte in this project. For Ana Cristina, a multilingual songwriter who found out Spanish as her very first language, collaborating with this legendary band on the translation of ‘Folsom Jail Blues’ was a particular honor,” John Carter Money said in a declaration.
“We’re both thrilled that the translation will reach new listeners and combine the two worlds of country and Latin music, while maintaining the stability and message of the original song. For us, and for Johnny Cash, music has no limits”
Los Tigres carried out for crowds of multilingual inmates throughout two performances: one for guys and one for women, as seen in the video. Earlier this year, the band broke the all-time paid presence record at RodeoHouston.
Los Tigres is the only act authorized by the California Department of Corrections and Rehab to movie and record at Folsom for the 50th anniversary of Cash’s efficiency. The band chosen tunes for the task after evaluating shot inmate interviews.
“Johnny Money– his music and his humanity– is the inspiration for our new documentary and album,” Los Tigres stated in a statement. “Like us, he sings about the lost, the forgotten, and the helpless. Like us, he took a trip to Folsom Jail to bring hope with his music. Like us, he desired to shine a light on concerns of incarceration, which is especially essential to our community now.”
Oscar-winning composer Gustavo Santaolalla (“Brokeback Mountain,” “Babel”) accompanied the band to Folsom and produced the music for the documentary and album.
Joey Guerra is the music critic for the Houston Chronicle. Follow him on Twitter. Send him news pointers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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