Jamey Johnson Featured on the9513.com's "Top 100 Country Albums of the Decade"
Top Country Albums of the Decade
#1.That Lonesome Song (2008) – Jamey Johnson
It would be easy to name Johnson the savior of country music, sent to rid the genre of all its wicked ways, crown him with a halo of thorny guitar picks and call it a day. After all, critics salivated over his second album’s release in a way usually reserved for retrospectives on country legends, and it even garnered mainstream recognition on radio and award shows with the expertly crafted single “In Color.” However, underneath all the hype about cocaine, whores, neo-Outlaw Movements or any of his somewhat scary grooming habits, stands a collection of songs so steeped in hurt, lyricism, grit and honesty that it’s impossible to deny their lasting impact on the shiny, polished products that dominated this decade’s country music landscape. — Karlie Justus
The hype surrounding Johnson’s sophomore effort–and the skepticism with which that level of acclaim naturally meets–could kill a lesser album. But once all the superlatives have been slung and the dust has settled on the critical sock-hop, this spiritual successor to Waylon’s Dreaming My Dreams is still more than capable of standing on its own merits as the finest album of the decade. In country music, absolution often comes in a bottle, a Bible, or the love of a good woman. Here, it comes in the slow Alabama drawl of a man with nothing left to lose–out of a record deal, out of a house, out of a wife, he wrote and sang his way back into the game. That’s the story that lives and breathes in every syllable of That Lonesome Song. Track for weary track, this is the best the decade had to offer. — CM Wilcox