Los Tigres del Norte have announced the upcoming release of a Netflix original documentary and a live album called Los Tigres del Norte at Folsom Prison.
Filmed and recorded live, the documentary and album come 50 years after Johnny Cash released his 1968 live album At Folsom Prison. Los Tigres del Norte was the only act authorized by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to film and record at Folsom last year for its 50th anniversary.
Los Tigres del Norte at Folsom Prison is a journey into the world of Latino incarceration, told through the songs of the band and the stories of the Latino and Latina inmates at Folsom Prison interviewed for the documentary. The document contains recordings from the two concert performances at Folsom: one showcase for male inmates, and another one for female inmates.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled to be the first band in fifty years to film and record our documentary and album in the very same location where Johnny Cash held his historic concert,” the Mexican Norteño group said in an official statement. “Like Johnny Cash we knew that by simply going inside these prison walls, we could bring inspiration and hope to members of our own community in the midst of dark times, and bring a message that they are not forgotten.”
In honor of Cash’s legacy, Los Tigres revealed that the first single from the live album will be “La Prision de Folsom,” their Spanish-language version of Cash’s classic song “Folsom Prison Blues.” The song was written by the group in collaboration with Johnny Cash’s daughter-in-law Ana Cristina Cash.
Los Tigres del Norte at Folsom Prison will be available globally on Netflix and set for a September release during Hispanic Heritage Month.