Christmas Music(ology) Part 2: Christmas Behind Bars

Here’s a selection of recordings about spending Christmas behind bars.

This mid-1920s sermon is by Rev. J.M. Gates, a hugely popular pre-war gospel recording artist from Georgia.

Leroy Carr and Scrapper Blackwell left us this smooth song in 1929.

L.A.-based vocal group The Youngsters tell us how to avoid spending Christmas in jail in this 1956 Empire recording.

Last, John Prine in 2000 gives us a ballad from the imagined inside of prison.

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