When he released That Lonesome Song in 2008, Jamey Johnson emerged as one of country’s best-acclaimed acts, earning a Grammy nomination for the album and picking up scads of positive reviews for his Waylon Jennings-inspired sound.
Within just a few months of that project’s release, Jamey started recording again, and the wait for the follow-up will soon be over. He’s got a double-CD package called The Guitar Song coming Sept. 14 with 25 songs covering more than two hours.
This spring, Jamey described the project as a white album and a black album with a yin-yang theme. One is upbeat while the other is darker in sound, and the songs are positioned to set up a specific emotional progression.
One track from The Guitar Song, “Macon,” is available for download (just click on the song title). In the meantime, he’s set to play Sunday at the Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester, Tenn. He won’t be alone among country or bluegrass groups. The Zac Brown Band, Miranda Lambert, Kris Kristofferson, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Hot Rize will be sprinkled among such acts as Stevie Wonder, Kings Of Leon, John Fogerty and the Dave Matthews Band.