MUSIC: CAGED HEAT

WHEN MARSHALL CHAPMAN SINGS, THE JAILHOUSE ROCKS

A full moon was out, a couple of nights before Halloween 1993, when Marshall Chapman and her band, the Love Slaves, played at the Tennessee State Prison for Women. That might explain the kindred electricity between the veteran bar balladeer and her captive audience--women doing time for the kinds of misbehavior people write country tunes about. The resultant live album, It's About Time...(Margaritaville Records), is sad, strong stuff, and may be the most potent peek into the connection between lock-up desperation and good country blues since Johnny Cash played Folsom Prison in 1968.

You can almost hear the inmates nod when...

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