GAC Album Review: Jamey Johnson’s Living for a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran

Leave it to Jamey Johnson, one of traditional country music’s leading torchbearers, to assemble one of the most impressive call sheets in recent memory to honor his friend; the late, great songwriter, Hank Cochran. On Living for a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran, available October 16, Jamey pulls together a guest list made up [...] Read More

Jamey Johnson: 25 Songs, 500,000 Copies

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 a Grammy nomination for one of his songs, “Macon.” Jamey also got nominated at the same time 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. Read More

Jamey Johnson: Waylon On Wheels

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. Read More

Jamey Johnson: a Link in the Chain

When Jamey Johnson released his 2008 album That Lonesome Song, he was uniformly hailed for the quality of the songs and the honesty of the performances. The album tipped its hat to traditional country and was recognized in The Nashville Scene’s annual Country Music Critics Poll as the best CD of that year. Now Jamey’s new double-disc project The Guitar Song is earning similar feedback. It debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart and it’s getting early recognition as an Album of the Year candidate on the 2011 awards circuit. All of that’s well and good, though Jamey himself seems less interested than anybody in what kind of accolades it earns. The sales? The marketing? He’s more than happy to let the record label take care of those issues. Read More

Jamey Johnson Joins Willie, Kenny at Farm Aid

Jamey Johnson is headed to the home of the Milwaukee Brewers Saturday, though he won’t be singing the national anthem or “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” during the final weekend of baseball’s regular season. Instead, he’s been announced at the last minute as an addition to the lineup for Willie Nelson’s Farm Aid 25: Growing Home For America at Miller Park. Board members John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews and Neil Young were already set for the concert, of course. And so were Norah Jones, Jeff Tweedy, Jason Mraz and the Randy Rogers Band, among others. And the event has an interesting connection to the top of the country album charts. Jamey’s new double-disc CD, The Guitar Song, came out Sept. 14 and went to No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart. Kenny Chesney’s new project, Hemingway’s Whiskey, came out on Tuesday, and it’s already being forecast as the top-selling album in any genre for the week. Since Kenny’s scheduled to be at Miller Park, too, it means artists with No. 1 country albums two of the last three weeks will both appear on the same stage the same day. Read More