Owsley Stanley Foundation




The Owsley Stanley Foundation presents Bear’s Sonic Journals: Johnny Cash

At the Carousel Ballroom, April 24, 1968


Special Edition Vinyl Box


  • Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set featuring: psychedelic colored vinyl, retro re-print Johnny Cash Comic Book, original concert poster and more.
  • An hour of live performances from April 24, 1968 at the Carousel Ballroom in San Francisco, CA. 
  • 12 page booklet includes musings on Johnny Cash from contributors Bob Weir, John Carter Cash, and Dave Schools.
  • A stunning all-analog production painstakingly mastered by Bear’s collaborator Paul Stubblebine directly from the original source tape!
  • Original artwork by 3x Grammy-winner Susan Archie.


“A masterpiece. Dad gave what I believe to be one of the most intimate and connected shows I have ever heard.” –John Carter Cash


After a tumultuous 1967 for Johnny Cash, the year 1968 was bookended by what would become his two iconic, highest-grossing albums, At Folsom Prison and At San Quentin. But now, fifty-three years later, a lost chapter has emerged to enrich and complement the story of that very good year.


Johnny Cash - At the Carousel Ballroom, recorded on April 24, 1968, captures the Man in Black at the height of his charismatic powers. Confidently departing from the more formalized setlist he’d been doing, we hear him in playful and powerful dialogue with his new bride June Carter and his longtime musicians—guitarist Luther Perkins, bassist Marshall Grant and drummer W.S. Holland—connecting with an audience more accustomed to the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane.


What makes the performance even more significant is that it was recorded by the innovative sound wizard Owsley “Bear” Stanley in a verité style that startles with a clarity and dimension missing from the two more well-known releases. In 1968, it was just another entry in Bear’s continuing “sonic journal” of recorded shows, a means to keep improving his art. But thirty years later, Stanley would recognize it as one of a handful of the most significant performances he’d captured.


“I don’t think there are any live recordings of Johnny that weren’t originally intended to be an album. So to be able to stumble across such a live recording during such a golden era for him, and find that it was recorded in such a dynamic way, is incredible. It’s an opportunity to show Johnny in a new light. When John Carter Cash heard the first fifteen seconds of this recording, he recognized it as something significant. It has a three-dimensional, dynamic quality that a lot of live music from that era does not have.”

–Josh Matas, on behalf of the John R. Cash Trust



  • Limited Edition
  • Double LP
  • Color Vinyl
  • Previously Unreleased
  • New Essays by John Carter Cash, Starfinder Stanley, Bob Weir & Dave Schools
  • New Art by Susan Archie
  • Reproduction of the Original Carousel Ballroom Concert Poster
  • Gatefold
  • Comic Book


Side A:

  1. Cocaine Blues
  2. Long Black Veil
  3. Going To Memphis
  4. The Ballad Of Ira Hayes
  5. Rock Island Line

Side B:

  1. Guess Things Happen That Way
  2. One Too Many Mornings
  3. Don't Think Twice, It's All Right
  4. Give My Love To Rose
  5. Green, Green Grass Of Home
  6. Old Apache Squaw
  7. Lorena

Side C:

  1. Forty Shades Of Green
  2. Bad News
  3. Jackson - Johnny Cash & June Carter Cash
  4. Tall Lover Man - Johnny Cash & June Carter Cash
  5. June Carter Medley

Side D:

  1. Long Legged Guitar Pickin' Man - Johnny Cash & June Carter Cash
  2. Ring Of Fire
  3. Big River
  4. Don't Take Your Guns To Town
  5. I Walk The Line