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Jamey Johnson: Waylon On Wheels

Jamey Johnson photo courtesy of UMG Nashville.

The sound on his albums That Lonesome Song and The Guitar Song has linked Jamey Johnson to the late Waylon Jennings.

So does the sound of one of Jamey’s rides. Because it is, in fact, the very last car that Waylon owned.

Jamey’s got a number of vehicles, but one of his favorites is a 1999 Cadillac El Dorado that belonged to the late Country Music Hall of Fame member. Jamey bought it from an associate of Waylon, who left a few odds and ends in the car. For starters, a change purse that belonged to Waylon’s wife, Jessi Colter, is still there in the glove compartment.

“I never counted the money, but it’s still got a bunch of change sitting in it,” Jamey told Motortrend magazine. “Waylon left a Waylon ball cap and some shades in the trunk, and when I went through the glove box there was a picture of him wearing that hat and those shades.”

Jamey knows just how to make the sonic atmosphere in his Caddy perfect. He keeps a bunch of Waylon CDs in it, so it’s likely that he’s listening to “Luckenbach, Texas,” “Good Hearted Woman,” “I’ve Always Been Crazy” and the “Dukes Of Hazzard” theme when he’s behind the wheel of the El Dorado.

“If you’re riding around with me in that car, you’re going to be listening to Waylon,” Jamey noted. “That’s the bottom line — you’re going to be listening to the man on his own stereo. He’s also got one of them old-school cell phones with the cradle still mounted in the middle of it. The phone’s still in it, the antenna, the whole deal.”

Jamey is in the running for one of the trophies at Wednesday’s 44th annual Country Music Association Awards. He’s up for Musical Event of the Year with Dierks Bentley and Miranda Lambert for their collaboration on “Bad Angel.”

You can see behind his current album on the GAC special Jamey Johnson: The Guitar Song. The next airing is Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. ET.


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