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It’s rare when new traditional “hat-acts” play outside the box, which is why Jamey Johnson’s fourth studio LP is a must-hear. The Guitar Song is a double concept album boasting 25 tunes. The first half is Johnson’s Black Album, where he bequeaths downtrodden honky-tonk songs. “Lonely At the Top” plays like an old saloon-serenade as Johnson lampoons those who complain about success. He turns Mel Tillis’ “Mental Revenge” into an acoustic front-porch dirge, while his own “That’s How I Don’t Love You” and “Heartache” are deeply darkened laments that make Ryan Adams’ ballads sound like Katrina & The Waves. The second half comprising Johnson’s White Album vibrates with upbeat twang-rock. It opens with the beer-joint boogie of “By the Seat of Your Pants” before the hilarious “California Riots” recalls David Allan Coe’s “Willie, Waylon And Me.” “Macon” is a lighter-hoisting, Skynyrd-esque Southern rock anthem that’s sure to get good ol’ boys taking their shirts off and yelling at Johnson’s live shows.

Customer Reviews

Dear Nashville

You're so good at copying successful artists... Please, we beg of you.... Try and copy this.

It won't be the same, but it'll be close.

P.S.- all of these "I'm Countrieriest" songs don't count.

Thanks.

Sincerely,

us.

I wouldn't trade one Jamey Johnson

for fifteen Jason Aldeans, Justin Moores and the like. Johnson walks the walk in his songs, he doesn't have to say how country he is, you know. If a better mainstream country album comes out this year... heck, or next... I'll eat my hat. Buy this.

A gift to the world

I first heard Jamey when he played "in color" at the CMA's last year and fell in love. Not being a huge or cutting edge country fan, there isn't an artist in this genre I appreciate more. I would have to say that he IS country music. If you disagree, there's an album called "fearless" which may be more your speed.

Biography

Born: July 14, 1975 in Enterprise, AL

Genre: Country

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Singer/songwriter Jamey Johnson is just as comfortable mopping up the tears on the barroom floor with an old Hank Williams-style ballad as he is tearing the roof off with a honky tonk juggernaut. The Alabama native and former Marine rose to the top of the Nashville food chain through blood, sweat, and tears. Being raised in a devout and deeply musical family helped the new traditionalist find his voice, but it wasn't until he moved to Music City that the world began to take notice. After laying low...
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