Making Music Behind Bars


James Carrington made history in 1979 when he and other inmates at the Powhatan Correctional Center in Virginia recorded the first album in prison.

James and his fellow inmates had created an R&B group called Edge of Daybreak and Eyes of Love was recorded in one take!

The band members were all inmates, incarcerated for armed robbery and assault, with sentences ranging from six to 60 years. Thematically, the collection is about a group of guys making the best of a tough situation.

After 30 years, James was released, and now runs his own music store in Petersburgh, Virginia. Colm Flynn went to meet him, and hear his amazing story.