Music: Folk Hunter

The prison is tucked in a barren bend of the Mississippi, looking toward fields of Louisiana sugar cane. Inside Angola's cyclone fences are the lifers—men serving sentences for rape and murder. Periodically a short man in rumpled suit and bow tie moves into the prison toolroom, lugging a tape recorder, a six-string guitar, a twelve-string guitar and a fiddle. Around him gather the prisoners—"Guitar" Welch, "Hogman" Maxey, Robert Pete Williams—to shout out their songs.

Wonder why they electrocute a man, baby, Lord, at the one o'clock hour at night, The current much stronger; people turn out all the light.

Angola prison is...

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