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Exploring the history of the groove


Man in Black, Johnny Cash, grew up in Arkansas before he rose to fame for his distinctive voice and songs about class, mass incarceration, and war.

“Don’t Make Me Go” was released in 1957 alongside, “Next in Line,” in the beginning of Cash’s career. It reached #9 on Billboard C&W.

After performing at correctional facilities in the late 50’s and 60’s, those live recordings led to the albums, Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison and Johnny Cash at San Quentin. These albums really altered his career.

Cash struggled with addiction his entire music career. His most commonly known song, “I Walk the Line,” sounds like a melancholic love song but some speculate that it speaks of his battle with drugs.

Johnny Cash remains a respected and adored musician. Cash addressed issues with the system that wasn’t discussed or acknowledged at the time.

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