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Jamey Johnson packed Joe’s Bar
January 24, 2009 by CountryMusicChicago.com Editor
Filed under FEATURED, News
Alabama native and rising country music star, Jamey Johnson performed before a packed, standing room only crowed at Joe’s Bar, Friday. A riled-up and fully-engaged crowed cheered throughout his almost two hour performance at the famed sports bar and venue located on Chicago’s near-north side. Johnson’s songs, accompanied by his traditional style, gruff-voice and rigid attitude, carry a common theme about woman, drinkin’ and good old times and are deep-rooted in traditional style. Throughout Friday evening’s performance, the crowed shouted between sets for “In Color”, a bittersweet song of good and bad reflections of the past and a current single from the Grammy nominated album, That Lonesome Song. Chicago fans proved to Johnson, as well as representatives from his record label who attended Friday’s performance, that his traditional style of music is still alive when the crowed almost out sung Johnson during his performance of “In Color”.
Other crowed pleasers we’re his performance of his long past hit, “The Dollar” and the song he co-wrote “Give it Away” made popular by George Strait and won them a ACM Song of the Year award in 2006 and a CMA Award for Song of the Year in 2007. Johnson remarked, “…and George Strait knows my name” when he was singing about accomplishments in his music career.
Hopefully, Johnson will soon have more music awards to sing about. Friday’s performance is just off the recent announcement of three prestigious Grammy Award nominations for Best Male Country Vocal Performance for “In Color”, Best Country Song for “In Color” and Best Country Album for “That Lonesome Song”.
Johnson’s unique style, traditionalism and country-rebel sound is a breath of fresh air to today’s trendy, pop-like mainstream country. One could say he should be classified in category of his own, but better yet, other mainstream country music should be reclassified because his music is truly, country music.
- S. Winterroth