Mark Collie to Record in Prison

Following in the footsteps of his hero, Johnny Cash, Mark Collie will record a live album in a maximum-security state prison. With producer Tony Brown at the helm, Collie will record at the Brushy Mountain Correctional Complex in East Tennessee in October. Collie is writing new songs for the project, tentatively set for release next spring by MCA. Collie recorded for MCA in the early ‘90s before moving to Giant. His last album of original material appeared in 1995. Cash, whom Collie has portrayed in an independent film, recorded landmark albums at Folsom and San Quentin prisons in California in the late 1960s. Collie wraps up his national tour with Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney on Aug. 25 in Nashville. “Private Radio,” a song he co-wrote with actor-director Billy Bob Thornton, is the title track for Thornton’s upcoming debut album, in stores Sept. 25. 08/15/01