ROUGHSTOCK.COM – Jamey Johnson Single Review
Jamey Johnson – “Macon”
By: Matt Bjorke
Last Updated: June 15, 2010
Fans who were expecting Jamey Johnson to release a song that was as traditional sounding as some of the tunes on That Lonesome Song are gonna be in for a surprise when they listen to “Macon” the first ‘single’ from the upcoming two-disc album The Guitar Song. It’s still very much a country song but “Macon” manages to mix in traditional country and southern rock and greasy R&B all into once tasty little package. It’s a song that feels as if it’s a long lost Lynyrd Skynyrd track and that’s a compliment to Jamey that he was able to pull such a feat off, given how tired Skynyrd songs can get, particularly the classic, played-in-every-dive-bar ones.
“Macon” doesn’t feel particularly like it will be a huge radio hit but don’t let that detract you from checking it out via the links below. “Macon” finds Jamey singing about a romance the old school way and it shows off his stellar songwriting chops and the female harmony singers provide the song a sense of that R&B flair I was mentioning in the last paragraph. “Macon” features a long stellar electrified steel guitar solo and later on a wild electric guitar solo. Everything about this single feels great and like an ‘event’ or stellar concert highlight (it already is) but it may just be too raw and rough for some radio stations to play, particularly the ones who won’t like the clever way “Macon” was tagged with “love all night.”
Whether this song is a hit or not really doesn’t matter as there are a TON of fans out there who simply cannot wait to get their hands on The Guitar Song and thanks to “Macon,” it feels like the album will be a major success, with or without a hit radio single.