Episode 31: Inside Music

Illustration by Antwan Williams

Illustration by Antwan Williams

Every season we highlight the amazing music written by and performed by men inside San Quentin. This time music gets its due: a full episode, offering everything from rap, rock, jazz and soul, to something special from the Mexican Nationals Band, to an unexpected collaboration.

Head over to our music page to download and remix our theme song (do it!), and stream some of the music from the episode. Then, go watch Songs from the Spirit, performed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Thanks to Terry Kitchen, Matthew “Redbone” Brown III, David Jassy, Muratalla “Jerry” Sanchez, Greg “White Eagle” Coates, Antwan Williams, Eric “Maserati E” Abercrombie and Calvin Johnson for talking with us for this episode.

This episode was scored with music by Antwan Williams, David Jassy, Rhashiyd Zinnamon, John “Yahya” Johnson, Gary Harrell (Harmonica) and Terry Kitchen, and features songs recorded inside San Quentin — see the full list of musicians below.

Thanks also to Lt. Sam Robinson and Warden Ron Davis for their support of the show, and Article and Lantigua Williams & Co. for sponsoring this episode.

Find the transcript for “Inside Music” here, and download the episode here.

Music featured in this episode

“Two Wheels” by Redbone (aka Matthew Brown III)

“Never Be The Same” by Dinero G, featuring David Jassy
Produced by David Jassy

Mexican Nationals Band Rehearsal by Pedro Benitez (Bass), Martin Gomez (Guitar), Jose Diaz (Guitar, Vocals), Muratalla “Jerry” Sancez (Guitar Vocals), Aranda Guadalupe (Guitar, Vocals), Adriel Ramirez (Drums)
Recorded by Jaime Acosta, Dwight Krizman and Pat Mesiti-Miller.

“Querido Amigo Jesús te Ama” by Muratalla “Jerry” Sanchez

“White Eagle Spirit Song” by Greg “White Eagle” Coates

“Float Away” by Antwan Willams and Eric “Maserati E” Abercrombie

“Lucky Guy” by Continuum, written by Darryl Farris
Performed by Darryl Farris (Vocals, Guitar), Joel Esparza (Guitar), Leonard “Funky Len” Walker (Bass), Joseph Thureson (Drums), Anthony O’neil (Vocals, Percussion), Paul Comauex (Vocals, Percussion), Chris Thomas (Vocals)
Recorded by Jaime Acosta, Dwight Krizman and Pat Mesiti-Miller

Songs from The Spirit at The Met

Harmonica Solo by Gary Harrell

“Blinded By The Light” by Calvin Johnson

“Amazing Grace” by Mike Adams

“Lamentation” cover performed by Charlie Spencer, written by Eric Benet

“Thank You, Jesus” LeMar “Maverick” Harrison, featuring David Jassy
Produced by David Jassy

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