That Lonesome Song
Reigning CMA Song of the Year winner Jamey Johnson will release That Lonesome Song, his Mercury Nashville debut, on August 5.
Produced by Johnson and the Kent Hardly Playboys, That Lonesome Song is a collection of 13 tracks, 11 of which were written or co-written by Johnson who has paired with co-writers including Buddy Cannon, Teddy Gentry and James Otto.
“In Color,” the debut single and video, was inspired by a conversation with Bill Anderson and tells the very real story of a man looking back at his life through black and white photographs. “In Color” holds the 38* position this week on the Mediabase/Country Aircheck and R&R/Billboard charts. The song continues to inspire listeners with its raw and austere emotion.
The former Marine has penned songs that have appeared on albums representing nearly 6 million units in combined sales. In addition to co-writing “Give It Away,” the George Strait #1 hit that earned both the CMA and ACM Song of the Year prize, Johnson co-wrote “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk” and “Ladies Love Country Boys,” both #1 hits for Trace Adkins.
But for Johnson, it’s never been solely about the songwriting. “Writing is not enough for me,” the Alabama native says. “I did not come here to just be a writer. I live to play…I’m not here to take a stab at it, I am going to DO it.”
And on August 5, you can find Johnson’s music in the record stores right where the closing track of the album says it is going to be - “Between Jennings and Jones.” PASTE Magazine proclaims, “Like Waylon he carefully cultivates that outlaw image, and like George he has the voice of a slumming angel. He’s made a superb album. And I’m not just saying that because he looks and sounds like the kind of guy you don’t want to piss off. This will be the best country record released in 2008. Hands down.”