Los Tigres Del Norte at Folsom Prison (Netflix)
Los Tigres del Norte are undoubtedly one of the most influential and iconic Mexican music acts of all time.
With more than 40 million albums sold and countless timeless hits among their many credentials, there is little else for them to do to cement their status.
But this September they’ll do just that, as they celebrate the release of a documentary titled Los Tigres del Norte at Folsom Prison on Sunday, September 15 on Netflix.
The documentary was filmed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Johnny Cash’s At Folsom Prison album. Like Cash, Los Tigres del Norte’s Folsom Prison concert will also be released as an album on Friday, September 13.
Much like Cash’s album half a century ago, Los Tigres del Norte’s documentary will have a deeper meaning than most concert albums. In California, 43 percent of the prison population is Hispanic. The Mexican group have always had a strong connection with working-class Mexican migrants—some of whom are incarcerated in California prisons such as Folsom—so they are a perfect fit for this type of unique concert. Aside from the concert, the documentary also features several interviews with some of Folsom’s prisoners.
The first single on the album is “La Prision de Folsom (Folsom Prison Blues),” a Spanish rendition of Cash’s 1968 (coincidentally, the same year Los Tigres del Norte formed) hit. Both his son, John Carter Cash, and daughter, Ana Cristina Cash, collaborated with Los Tigres del Norte on this song.
The second song is titled “Mi Sangre Prisionera,” which sheds light on the emotional difficulty of having a relative in prison. The song comes with a music video filmed at Folsom Prison and also features many of the prisoners there.
Before the documentary went up on Netflix, the movie had a premiere at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles on Tuesday, September 10. After the screening there was a discussion forum with Los Tigres del Norte, music producer Gustavo Santaolalla, director Tom Donahue, and co-writer/producer Zach Horowitz.
Having recently received an award from music streaming platform Pandora for surpassing one billion streams, Los Tigres del Norte have shown no signs of slowing down as they enter their seventh decade next year.
Los Tigres del Norte continue to play in front of multiple generations of adoring fans and continue to make hits. This is why Los Tigres del Norte at Folsom Prison is a must-watch documentary this fall on Netflix.