17. September 2013 By Walter Price 0

Pop Isn’t Country: Meet Jamey Johnson

Living for a Song: Tribute to Hank Cochran
Alabama native Jamey Johnson  has made it in the country music scene by doing it by his own rules, to a great extant. Maybe he’s known more for writing hit songs for the likes of George Strait, James Otto, Joe Nichols and Trace Adkins.

But where he truly shines is behind the microphone. His deep voice and unwavering lyrics tell you stories you want to see made into movies. His honest and gritty style exemplifies the re-born Outlaw Country sound that Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, David Allan Coe, Billy Joe Shaver and Kris Kristofferson forged in the 70’s. 

If you’re looking for a way to start that Country section in your record collection. Start with Hank Williams, any of the original artists of the Outlaw Country movement and Jamey Johnson. He is the modern modern day music rebel..

We suggest Jamey’s current project Living For A Song: A Tribute To Hank Cochran. Hank Cochran (1935-2010) was one of the most prolific and celebrated singer/songwriters of the 20th century. Writing song that became hits for the likes of Patsy Cline, Hank Williams Jr., Elvis Costello, Norah Jones, Keith Whitley & Elvis Presley(to name a very few). 

Jamey’s Living For A Song is an all star bonanza of an album. This is a collection of song interpretation at its highest levels. Johnson is joined by Willie Nelson, Vince Gill, Merle Haggard, Leon Russell, Bobby Bare, George Strait, Alison Krauss and more!

I won’t go track by track but I will recommend “Love Makes A Fool Of Us All” w/ Kris Kristofferson, “I’d Fight The World” w/ Bobby Bare and the awesome “I Fall To Pieces” w/ Merle Haggard. 

So it must be time to pay a visit to the ole record shops!

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