2024 Grammy Nomination for Markus Illko & The String Revolution“Folsom Prison Blues” featuring Tommy Emmanuel Produced By John Carter Cash

Renowned Austrian guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Markus Illko, in collaboration with The String Revolution and guitar virtuoso Tommy Emmanuel, has crafted a mesmerizing rendition of the iconic Johnny Cash classic, “Folsom Prison Blues.” Acknowledging the significance of tackling such a timeless piece, Markus Illko and The String Revolution recognized the need for Tommy Emmanuel’s unparalleled talent to truly honor the track. Adding to the extraordinary lineup is John Carter Cash, the son of Johnny Cash, who took on the role of producer.

To infuse maximum authenticity into the recording, Markus Illko seized the extraordinary opportunity to play one of Johnny Cash’s personal guitars, a 1930s Martin. The recording process also featured the use of Luther Perkins’ 1955 Fender Esquire, the same guitar utilized in the original recording of “Folsom Prison Blues.” This amalgamation of creative forces earned Markus Illko a well-deserved 2024 Grammy® Nomination for “Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella.”

John Carter Cash expressed his enthusiasm for the project, highlighting the unique instrumental arrangement and its transformative power. He asserted, “Attention: This is not my daddy’s ‘Folsom Prison Blues.’ My excitement over this unique instrumental arrangement has been unsurpassed in my life up to this point. I am honored to be a part of this wondrous historic recording!” The collaboration between Markus Illko, The String Revolution, Tommy Emmanuel, and the guidance of John Carter Cash has undeniably forged a musical masterpiece.

Markus Illko’s musical journey extends beyond his work with The String Revolution, showcasing his versatility and mastery of the guitar. Trained in classical and flamenco guitar in Austria and Spain, Illko’s skill set spans a wide range of musical styles and techniques. Noteworthy collaborations with guitarist Steve Stevens, known for his work with Billy Idol, including the tribute album “Crazy Train (A Tribute to Randy Rhoads),” underscore Illko’s ability to seamlessly adapt to diverse musical contexts, establishing him as a versatile and sought-after musician.

In addition to his contributions to studio recordings and live performances, Markus Illko has left an indelible mark on the international stage as a composer, shaping the soundscape of the Olympic Games in Tokyo and creating music for prestigious brands such as Lamborghini and the Emmy Awards. His ability to evoke emotions and narrate stories through music reflects his profound artistry.

Markus Illko’s collaboration with The String Revolution enhances the band’s diverse musical styles and techniques. Bringing his unique skills to the table, Illko mimics percussion, incorporates special effects, produces melodic grooves, and even creates bass lines, contributing to the band’s distinctive sound. The ensemble, featuring former Randy Rhoads student Janet Robin and Cuban guitarist Rober Luis, showcases a fusion of talent that transcends genres, solidifying The String Revolution’s place in the musical landscape.