Country Music’s Greatest Prison Albums

Country Music’s Greatest Prison Albums

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Prison and country music go together like peanut butter and jelly. No wonder a slew of country music albums have been actually recorded within prison walls—some for convicts, some by convicts, and some using convicts. And we’re not just talking about novelty releases either, but some iconic albums that have helped define country music over the years. Here are some of them.

Presented in chronological order.


Charles Lee Guy III – “The Prisoner’s Dream”

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That’s right, believe it or not Johnny Cash wasn’t the first to release an album recorded at a prison (though he definitely released more of them than anyone else). That distinction falls to Charles Lee Guy III…



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