You might be asking, "What did Nick Jaina do to go to prison?" Well, nothing, actually, unless you consider making gentle folk music a crime. The Portland artist is pulling out his Johnny Cash card by kicking off his upcoming U.S. tour from behind the thick, razor-wired walls of the Two Rivers Correctional Instituion in Umatilla, OR. This is the only show taking place in a prison on the tour (I guess Folsom was booked). Jaina says, "I've played a lot in the Pendleton area and the warden of the prison contacted me a while ago to see if I would play there. I thought it would be a good opening show for the tour. The show is only for the inmates, and only the good ones at that. They get rewarded for good behavior by getting to go to concerts."

I wonder if the inmates will get all weepy-eyed when he plays the song, "Days in My Room"?

Jaina's homecoming show will go down Nov. 16 at Alberta Rose. If waiting a month and a half for him to play in town is too much for you to handle, there are plenty of stupid things you could do to go to jail in time to see him play next week. Heck, you might even be released by the time he gets back.

Tour Dates after the jump...

10/7 - Umatilla, OR - Two Rivers Correctional
10/8 - Boise, ID - Promenade Festival
10/11 - Boise, ID - Red Feather
10/13 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
10/14 - Denver, CO - Hi Dive
10/15 - Wichita, KS - Fisch Haus
10/16 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown
10/17 - Lawrence, KS - Replay
10/20 - Green Bay, WI - Kavarna
10/21 - Chicago, IL - Darkroom
10/22 - Madison, WI - Lothlorian Co Op
10/23 - Columbus, OH - Kobo (w/ Black Prairie)
10/24 - Pittsburgh, PA - Club Café (w/ Black Prairie)
10/27 - Burlington, VT - Enter
10/28 - Biddeford, ME - the Oak & the Ax
10/30 - Brooklyn, NY - Petri Space
10/31 - Washington, DC - Wonderland Ballroom
11/2 - Greenville, SC - Tipsy Teapot
11/4 - New Orleans, LA - The Mudlark
11/5 - Houston, TX - Notsuoh
11/6 - Austin, TX - Ghost Room
11/12 - Sacramento, CA - Luigi's
11/13 - San Francisco, CA - Crescent Hotel
11/16 - Portland, OR - Alberta Rose
11/17 - Seattle, WA - Triple Door