This week’s episode of Live In Texas is Johnny Cash at the Louisiana Hayride! Tune in to KBEC on Thursday, May 4th at 7pm to hear the entire record!

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  1. Hey, Porter
  2. Luther Played the Boogie
  3. So Doggone Lonesome
  4. I Walk The Line
  5. Give My Love To Rose
  6. Goodbye Little Darlin’
  7. Rock Island Line
  8. Big River
  9. Five Feet High And Rising
  10. Guess Things Happen That Way
  11. I Got Stripes
  12. Folsom Prison Blues
  13. When I’ve Learned
  14. Ballad Of The Harp Weaver
  15. The Rebel – Johnny Yuma
  16. Busted
  17. Southern Maid Donuts Commercial

Overview (Courtesy of

Johnny Cash’s distinctive voice and vision cut across the boundaries of country, folk, blues, and rock and his huge body of work is as singular and American as any in popular music. Shortly after the release of his first single (“Cry! Cry! Cry!” b/w “Hey, Porter”) in 1955, Cash made his first appearance on the Louisiana Hayride radio show, then one of the most popular shows in the south. Accompanied by the Tennessee Two (lead guitarist Luther Perkins and bassist Marshall Grant) and his own rudimentary, percussive rhythm guitar, Cash quickly became a star, debuting his first huge hit on the Hayride, “I Walk the Line.” He returned in 1959, and again in 1962 and 1963, and this collection features live highlights from his various stints on the show. Cash was often at his best in front of an audience, where his natural sincerity and goofy blue-collar humor combined with the lean, stripped-down, versatile sound of the Tennessee Two to deliver sets of easy intimacy. Live Recordings from the Louisiana Hayride plays like a concert, with chugging versions of “Big River,” “Five Feet High and Rising,” and “Folsom Prison Blues,” a poetry recitation (of Edna St. Vincent Millay’s “Ballad of the Harp Weaver”), and a humorous introduction to “I Got Stripes.” Also included is an apparently unscripted commercial for Southern Maid Doughnuts, illustrating the often loose structure of these historic radio shows.


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