T. Nathan Roane - SongStealer - 03 - Folsom Prison Blues
To sing "I killed a man in Reno, just to watch him die" with any amount of sincerity is a challenge which should not go unappreciated. To provoke more feeling and energy, I invited pianist Amy Wenninger to watch in studio so as to record more a performance. She had over a drunk jazz-pianist friend who had been hitting on her and generally being a nuisance, and he insisted on sitting in as well. When he started bopping about, then actually getting up to dance - while I was recording - I burned with an anger authentic enough to help.
I'd recorded several earlier versions, but this is the one which worked. Folsom Prison Blues was originally written and recorded by Johnny Cash (1956).
track released October 15, 2005
Johnny Cash: songwriting
T. Nathan Roane: arranging, vocals, guitar