Johnny Cash Trail Draws Hundreds, Gets International Attention

October 8, 2014

 

Rendering of the 40 foot tall statue of Johnny Cash title 'The Man in Black' to be installed at a future date

Rendering of the 40 foot tall statue of Johnny Cash title ‘The Man in Black’ to be installed at a future date

The man in black would be proud.

Hundreds of people turned out Saturday October 4th for the dedication of the new Johnny Cash Trail and over crossing.

Singer Roseanne Cash, Johnny’s daughter, was on hand to accept a key to the city and thanked everyone for honoring her father. She said he would be humbled by it.

Singer Roseanne Cash and MyFolsom's Steve Heard at dedication ceremony

Singer Roseanne Cash and MyFolsom’s Steve Heard at dedication ceremony

The City of Folsom, Johnny Cash and Folsom Prison have been inextricably linked, ever since Johnny recorded the song ‘Folsom Prison Blues’ in 1956, and later, when he recorded the aptly titled live album ‘At Folsom Prison’ in 1968.

The new trail is part of the 40 mile Folsom bike trail system, and the over crossing provides a safe way for cyclists and pedestrians to cross Folsom Lake crossing without being exposed to motor vehicle traffic.

Also on hand was Sacramento artist Adan Romo, who is one of two artists to eventually have his sculptures installed at various points along the trail as part of the Johnny Cash Art Experience.  The artwork is expected to cost upwards of $3million and the City is working on a website so that it can be funded with private donations.

Rendering of razor cut metal sculpture

Rendering of razor cut metal sculpture

This sculpture created from a photo of Johnny entertaining the inmates in 1968 will sit outside the prison gates

This sculpture created from a photo of Johnny entertaining the inmates in 1968 will sit outside the prison gates

The Rusty Cage piece has the interior dimensions of a Folsom prison cell

The Rusty Cage piece has the interior dimensions of a Folsom prison cell

The Greystone Wall will be engraved with messages written by inmates to Johnny after his 1968 performance at the prison

The Greystone Wall will be engraved with messages written by inmates to Johnny after his 1968 performance at the prison

Giant guitar picks will mark the entrances at each end of trail, and smaller ones will be used as plaques describe the artwork

Giant guitar picks will mark the entrances at each end of trail, and smaller ones will be used as plaques describe the artwork

The Ring of Fire sculpture, named after the famous Johnny Cash song

The Ring of Fire sculpture, named after the famous Johnny Cash song

 

Artist Adan Romo gave  Roseanne Cash a booklet of illustrations of his artwork

Artist Adan Romo gave Roseanne Cash a booklet of illustrations of his artwork

 

Articles about the new trail have been written and picked up by Billboard and Rolling Stone magazines, the UK Daily Mail and countless other media outlets.

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