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Jamey Johnson: 25 Songs, 500,000 Copies

Jamey Johnson photo courtesy of UMG Nashville.

The record industry has been in a well-documented tailspin for several years, with album sales down and consumers buying more singles instead of the entire CD.

That doesn’t seem to be a problem for Jamey Johnson, who recently picked up the second gold album of his career with The Guitar Song. The project, which includes a whopping 25 tracks, led to two Grammy nominations: including Best Country Album and Best Country Male Vocal, for “Macon.” Additionally, Jamey is a finalist in the Country Collaboration category for “Bad Angel,” a song on Dierks Bentley’s Up On The Ridge album that features both Jamey and Miranda Lambert.

Not that Jamey’s making music just to pile up accolades.

“My dream already came true,” he says. “All I ever wanted was just to get to ride around and sing country music. It’s cool when things like that happen along the way. Because those are the things I never thought I could achieve. Whether or not it’s gold or platinum — or hell, diamond for that matter — it wouldn’t surprise me anymore. I’ll just keep doing what I do. I wake up every day and go play some more country music and have another drink.”

Meanwhile, Jamey helped heap accolades on another of his heroes this month. He was in attendance at the Kennedy Center Honors to pay tribute to Merle Haggard. Miranda, Brad Paisley, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow, Kid Rock and Vince Gill also took part in that event, which was part of a weekend that also allowed Jamey to visit the White House, where he met Paul McCartney, Oprah Winfrey, President Clinton, Smokey Robinson and Diana Ross, among others.

“I came to Washington D.C. and fell in love with my country all over again,” Jamey says.

Watch for the CBS Kennedy Center special on Dec. 28.


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