Country music is no stranger to the prison walls – not just because big stars like Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, and David Allen Coe were all incarcerated at one time – but also because the theme of time in jail was a standard in the music, almost from the very start! This totally excellent set – put together by the same folks who gave us Hillbillies In Hell – skips the early years of country/
prison songs, and picks up right during the early days of rock and roll – a time when hard living was harder than ever, and themes of incarceration were a well-established part of the country scene. Most of the numbers here are straight country tunes, but with a very dark edge – and they're mixed with some rawer rockers that really keep things interesting – as does the overall presentation of the music. Titles include a great version of the Harlan Howard
-penned, Johnny Cash-popularized "The Wall", sung by Freddie Hart – plus "Jailer Jailer" by Jim Carter, "Crash Out" by Jaycee Hill, "Sixteen Hundred Miles" by Dee Mullins, "The Ballad of Carl Chessman" by Ronnie Hawkins, "Caryl Chessman" by Country Johnny Mathis, "The Chair" by Marty Robbins, "Run" by Stonewall Jackson", "Twelve Years On Death Row" by Hoyle Miller", "Ball & Chain" by Tommy Faile, "I Always Did Like Leavenworth" by George Kent, "The Eyes Of Death" by Danny Dill, "I Got Stripes" by Howard
Crockett, "21 Miles To Lake Charles Prison" by Johnny Paycheck, and "(I Heard That) Lonesome Whistle by Porter Wagoner.