“Attention: My excitement over this unique instrumental arrangement has been unsurpassed in my life up to this point. I am honored to be a part of this wondrous historic recording!”
-John Carter Cash, producer, engineer at Cash Cabin, Hendersonville, Tennessee
Musicians love working with The String Revolution, and this includes Grammy nominated guitarist Tommy Emmanuel. The three guitarists– Janet Robin, Markus Illko and Rober Luis – have gotten together to arrange another iconic song. This time it was “Folsom Prison Blues.” They tapped Grammy® winning producer (and Johnny Cash’s son), John Carter Cash to produce the song John heard the demo and was excited to be part of a project that reimagined his Dad’s song into a guitar instrumental. The band teamed up with a special guest– Grammy® nominated guitarist, Tommy Emmanuel. Mixing was again done by Grammy® winner Matthew Hyde and mastering was by Grammy® winner Emerson Mancini in Los Angeles, CA.
Composed of three virtuoso guitarists, the String Revolution are renowned for their electrifying performances, blending different genres and styles to create a unique and captivating sound.
The band includes former Randy Rhoads student Janet Robin (“Top 50 Acoustic Guitarist bonus list” by Guitar Player Magazine, 2017, Precious Metal, Lindsey Buckingham, Meredith Brooks, Air Supply….), award winning Austrian nylon-string guitarist Markus Illko (composer: ORF-Austria TV, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Tyler Perry’s “A Madea Christmas” and “Single Moms Club”) and Cuban multi-credited guitarist Rober Luis (Daymé Arocena, Colin Hay, Jackson Browne.)
They released their first EP “Stringborn” in 2016 to rave reviews and jam-packed shows, and their 2019 CD, “Red Drops,” The String Revolution’s cover version of “Billie Jean” reached the Top 10 Spotify LA Instrumental Charts and their songs on Spotify have reached over 4 million plays. They have been selling out several Los Angeles notable clubs such as Hotel Cafe, Boulevard Music, The Mint, and many music festivals as they continue to tour nationally and soon, internationally. In 2019, the band was invited to perform at The Grammy Museum in The Clive Davis Theater for their prestigious American Express sponsored concert series.
In 2022, they teamed up with longtime Billy Idol guitarist Steve Stevens to record a unique acoustic version of the Ozzy Osbourne & Randy Rhoads classic, “Crazy Train.,” including a special animated video. The result garnered complimentary press and more excitement over the band, which lead to music industry icon, Miles Copeland and his biz partner John Bevilacqua became their managers. That led to a signing with Jerry Ross’s Harmony Agency and the band has risen to touring to perform in PACs and state fairs.
With memorable songs, unique arrangements, and exceptional musicianship, The String Revolution is no doubt a new force in the world of music and guitar performance.
Folsom Prison Blues
Written by: Johnny Cash
The String Revolution, Tommy Emmanuel & John Carter Cash
Produced by: John Carter Cash.
MB Gordy: Percussion
Double Bass: Byron House
Engineered by: Trey Call
Engineer Assistant: Joseph Cash
Recorded at Cash Cabin, Hendersonville, Tennessee
Mixed by: Matthew Hyde, London, UK
Mastered by: Emerson Mancini, Larrabee Studios, Los Angeles, CA
Single Cover Art: Chris Eselgroth
Photos/Videos: Brooke Noyce