Few legends shine brighter than Johnny Cash. Over the course of a nearly 50 year career, he defined and re-defined American music in his own iconic style. And as anyone who has seen footage of his appearances at San Quentin or Folsom Prisons can attest, his live performances are the stuff of legend.
Over the past several years, Columbia Records has dug into their vaults to unearth some vintage Cash recordings. Their latest release documents some classic Cash live shows dating back to an early 1956 show in Dallas through his 1964 Newport Folk Festival appearance and a 1970 visit to the Nixon White House. All told, the two-disc set includes over 50 tracks from 10 shows spanning more than 20 years.
Here’s your chance to win this impressive collection. To win, post a comment with your favorite live performance of this year. A winner will be selected at random when the contest ends on Monday, 19 December 2011 at midnight ET.**
“Here is a young fellow that’s really been sellin’ the records throughout the country and a guy that’s got a million fans all over these United States.” said the announcer introducing Cash at the 1956 Dallas show captured here. If he only knew then…
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