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Forty Foot High Full CD
Forty Foot High Full CD

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This CD tells the story of one man's inner struggle to exist behind prison walls. The title song, “Forty Foot High”, depicts the intensity of Rick Sikes emotional journey. It was written by Rick during his incarceration and found l most five years after his passing. The lyrics had so music and Jamie Richards graciously agreed to create the music and record the song.

The remaining songs were recorded within the walls of Leavenworth Penitentiary, Rick Sikes specifically wrote “From The Bottle To The Needle” and performed it privately for the warden in an effort to obtain permission to build a recording studio. Permission was granted, with no funding. Convicts, being very resourceful, gathered and used bits and pieces of broken and discarded electronics to build a crude mixing board and two track recorder. They spent countless hours gluing empty egg cartons on the concrete walls. Discarded carpeting and heavy curtains made sound buffers. Add detailed artwork and a studio was born. Later on, through the efforts of Steam Train Maury Breham )King of the Hobos and personal friend of Rick Sikes), a truckload of scratched and dented equipment, including a four track recorder, arrived as a donation from Peavy Corporation.

You won't hear Rick Sikes' rich baritone voice on every song, as he was the only one who knew how to run the recording equipment. Even though he wrote every son, Thomas “Red” Jenkins sang most of them. As far as it is known, this was the only recording studio ever built inside a prison.

This is a piece of American history preserved in song!

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