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These Walls Won't Bring Me Down - Music Made in the American Penitentiary System 1930-1980

London, 09.07.22

An audio guide of 20th century prison music in the United States, covering blues, gospel, country, sweet soul and jazz composed and recorded by those in the American Penitentiary System.


  • Tennessee Ernie Ford With The San Quentin Prison Choir
    We Gather Together (1963)
  • Holly Near
  • Prisoners At The Ramsey & Retrieve State Farms, Texas
    Go Down, Old Hannah
  • Jimmie Owens
    John Henry
  • Blind Joe 
    When I Lie Down Last Night
  • Robert Pete Williams 
    Pardon Denied Again
  • Robert 'Guitar' Welch
    Electric Chair Blues
  • Diane Ramsay
  • Tangle Eye, Fuzzy Red, Hard Hair And Others
    Jumpin' Judy
  • Henry Scott
    Hammer Ring
  • Beacon Of Hope Chapel Singers 
    Stealin' In The Name Of The Lord
  • Linda Tui Tillery*, Jeanette Lazam, Barbara B.G. Glass, Pat Parker, Anita Taylor
    Hold It Up
  • Prisonaires 
    Just Walkin' In The Rain
  • Third Generation 
    Love Is Gonna Rain Down On Me
  • Hank Ferguson 
    The Walls
  • Charles Lee Guy, III 
    The Prisoners Song
  • The Stone Canyon Band
    Okie From Muskogee
  • Glen Sherley 
    If This Prison Yard Could Talk
  • The Stone Canyon Band 
  • Ohio Penitentiary 511 Jazz Ensemble 
    Psych City
  • Unknown
    Daddy, Daddy Come Dig Me
  • Upheaval
    Come On With The Come On
  • Ike White 
    Changin' Times
  • The Escorts 
    Look Over Your Shoulder
  • The Edge Of Daybreak 
    I Wanna Dance With You