Jamey Johnson has been hailed in several quarters as the best thing to happen to country music in a long time. He’s not the first (not even the thirty-first) to wear the mantle of “The New Hank Williams”, but he is the first to be endorsed by the Nashville Establishment.
His new album ‘The Guitar Song’ is a double disk and has been the recipient of a gorgeous and lavish production in vinyl. You can watch below the video and learn how vinyls are actually made these days.
Jamey has the voices of Waylon Jennings, George Jones, Hank Williams and the songwriting talents of Kris Kristofferson and Hank all wrapped up in one unkemptly bearded monster of a talent. Yeah, he’s that good.
Here are a few notes taken directly from his website:
Nashville, TN – Jamey Johnson’s critically acclaimed 25-song double album, The Guitar Song, which received two Grammy nominations including the prestigious Country Album of the Year, has been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.
“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.
“As an album, The Guitar Song is the collection of this journey”, Johnson says, “One that goes all the way around. It starts off in a deep, dismal, dark place and ends up in a far better place. That’s what has happened to me over the past several years. Something that started in a dark corner has ended up getting to be all over the country. I’ve seen some of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen in my life the past several years and I wouldn’t trade that for anything.”
December has been a month of tremendous honours for Johnson. In addition to his Grammy nominations, his album has been prominently featured on numerous 2010 best-of lists and he was invited to pay musical tribute to one of his idols, Merle Haggard, at the Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C.
If you like country music even a little, you’re gonna love this guy.
Buy Vinyl at Amazon through this link: