Los Tigres del Norte Perform at Folsom Prison

Los Tigres del Norte. Photo by Gustavo Caballero/South Beach Photo/Shutterstock (9808532d)

A new documentary takes Los Tigres del Norte to Folsom Prison. 

The forthcoming docu feature Los Tigres del Norte at Folsom Prison sees the Mexican norteño group perform outside of the prison in homage to Johnny Cash’s Folsom Prison Blues.

“Johnny Cash — his music and his humanity — is the inspiration for our new documentary and album,” wrote Los Tigres in a press release. “Like us, he sings about the lost, the forgotten, and the powerless. Like us, he traveled to Folsom Prison to bring hope with his music.  Like us, he wanted to shine a light on issues of incarceration, which is especially important to our community now.”

The song (which you can watch below) is the first time Cash’s classic ever got its first Spanish-language treatment. It was in fact a collaboration between Los Tigres del Norte and John Carter Cash, Cash’s son and his daughter in law, Ana Cristina Cash.

“For Ana Cristina, a multi-lingual songwriter who learned Spanish as her first language, collaborating with this legendary band on the translation of ‘Folsom Prison Blues’ was a particular honor.  We’re both thrilled that the translation will reach new listeners and merge the two worlds of country and Latin music while preserving the integrity and message of the original song. For us, and for Johnny Cash, music has no boundaries.”

The Netflix Original Documentary, as well as an album of the same name, is due out in September.