I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say that I like Johnny Cash. I know it's not cool to say it, but he's, like, the real deal. I wish they would make a biopic in which they get a skinny guy with a hair-lip to play him, and that guy should also sing because there is no greater display of a legend's unique talent than having an actor learn how to imitate it in a matter of months. Watching that movie would be like watching Joaquin Phoenix dress up for Halloween and sing karaoke.
In 1976, the real man in black filmed a concert special--Johnny Cash and Friends: A Concert Behind Prison Walls--at the Tennesse State Prison in Nashville. This lesser-known hoosegow hoedown was an attempt to once again capitalize on the model of his successful late-'60's At Folsom Prison and At San Quentin albums. It also featured performances by Linda Ronstadt, Roy Clark and Foster Brooks. Videos of the special have just been uploaded to YouTube by user vcw180 and they are pretty sweet, sort of like a cross between the Johnny Cash TV Show and Lock Up: Raw. I'm posting a video of Cash singing "Jacob Green," and for the hell of it a video of Linda Rondstadt singing "Desperado" after the jump. They are both pretty sick. Notice how the audience is just passively sitting there? That's how you know they're in Nashville. Or prison.