Johnny Cash

Black day for prison made famous by Johnny Cash

Investigators at Folsom State Prison in California are trying to piece together the series of events that led guards to use semi-automatic weapons to fire on a crowd of unruly inmates, leaving seven men needing hospital treatment for their injuries.

Album: Chip Taylor, Yonkers NY (Train Wreck)

Best known for writing a bouquet of diversely distinctive 1960s hits – "I Can't Let Go", "Angel of the Morning" and "Wild Thing" – Chip Taylor has led the kind of life that usually only happens in Hollywood films, including a stint as a professional gambler ultimately banned from Las Vegas casinos.

Album: Austin Lucas, Somebody Loves You (Suburban Home)

Like many a young Americana act, burly troubadour Austin Lucas cut his teeth on underground punk and hardcore before soaking up the sounds of his heritage (his father Bob Lucas, whose banjo stipples some of these eleven tracks, is a Grammy-winning songwriter).

Album: Larry Jon Wilson, Larry Jon Wilson (1965)

An associate of the country outlaw generation that included Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark, Larry Jon Wilson's burly baritone burr brought tableaux like "Ohoopee River Bottomland" and "Sheldon Church Yard" to vivid life, but his refusal to compromise curtailed his Seventies career after just a few albums.

Album: Carlene Carter, Stronger (Yep Roc)

Carter lost four family members in 2003: mother June, sister Rosie, partner Howie Epstein and stepdad Johnny Cash. Not a good year, and it bottomed out a not hugely productive passage of life in general – her last new work came out in 1995. Life seems to have improved since and ‘Stronger’, though sunk firmly in the grief-and renewal groove you’d expect, makes for a broadly enjoyable return. Carlene’s stock vibe s rockin’ country with added perk. But there’s a lurking solemnity behind the bouncy frontage, most obviously in the title track, which is a direct address to Rosie. Good to hear her again, though.