The BBC radio program “Johnny Cash and the Forgotten Prison Blues” will air on BBC Radio 4 on Monday, Jan. 7. The program also will run four times on BBC World Service:
3:05 a.m. CST Saturday, Jan. 5
8:05 a.m. CST Sunday, Jan. 6
2:05 p.m. CST Sunday, Jan. 6
8:05 p.m. CST Sunday, Jan. 6
The 25-minute program will cover Johnny’s 1969 appearance at the Cummins Unit of the Arkansas Department of Correction. That performance, while not as popular as his Folsom or San Quentin concerts, was remarkable in its own right because it unofficially set in motion prison reform in Arkansas, wrote Center for Arkansas History and Culture archivist Dr. Colin Woodward at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.