Fonovisa/Universal release the landmark Latin music album “Los Tigres del Norte at Folsom Prison”-from one of the most influential and popular Latin bands of all time, with sales of over 40 million albums and a record fifty #1 singles. Recorded live at the same prison where the legendary Johnny Cash recorded his historic “At Folsom Prison” album fifty years earlier, “Los Tigres del Norte at Folsom Prison” is the first soundtrack album in the legendary band’s five-decade career, as it arrives in conjunction with the Netflix Original Documentary of the same title-globally premiering Sept 15th.
Although scores of artists sought permission, Los Tigres del Norte was the only act authorized by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to film and record at Folsom for the 50th Anniversary of Johnny Cash’s performance. The “Los Tigres del Norte at Folsom Prison” album features recordings from the band’s two concerts at Folsom (one for the men & one for the women–who are housed in separate facilities). The band personally selected the songs for the project after reviewing pre-filmed inmate interviews, so that the songs would best connect to the inmates’ personal experiences. The voices of the inmates can also be heard on the album itself between the tracks via excerpts from the documentary—amplifying the connection between the inmates and the songs.
Just as the historic 1968 concert opened with “Folsom Prison Blues,” Los Tigres del Norte likewise took to the prison stage with their own Spanish language rendition of Johnny Cash’ classic song – “La Prision de Folsom (Folsom Prison Blues)”– created with the support of John Carter Cash, his son, and written in collaboration with Ana Cristina Cash, his daughter- in-law.
Two time Oscar winning composer and eighteen-time Latin Grammy winner Gustavo Santaolalla, a legend in his own right, and his long-time producing partner Anibal Kerpel, accompanied the band to Folsom and produced the music for documentary and album.