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Jamey Johnson at Billy Bob’s Texas
Slick hits-minded Nashville couldn’t conjure up Jamey Johnson even if it tried to clone classic country outlaws such as Willie Nelson, David Allan Coe, and the late Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash. Alabama native Johnson shocked the industry last year with That Lonesome Song, his searing, sobering song cycle that all but jump-started the dormant outlaw movement. Nobody expected this personal masterpiece from the man who co-penned George Strait’s “Give It Away” and Trace Adkins’ “Honkey Tonk Badonkadonk.” The CD is brimming with real, honest country music, from the reflective “In Color” to the absorbing “High Cost of Living.” Johnson has deservedly raked in the raves for Song, and, surprisingly, mainstream country radio has taken to its singles. The disc is now a gold-seller. Persistence sure paid off for Johnson, who seemingly disappeared from the Nashville scene after his 2006 debut album, The Dollar, bombed commercially. He was actually holed up writing, no doubt as therapy after divorcing his wife. What he came up with, sans intervention from high-salary major-label executives, was eventually released exactly as he crafted it. True art always finds a way to the masses.
>Saturday at 10:30 p.m. at Billy Bob’s Texas,
2520 Rodeo Plaza, Fort Worth. $12 to $16.