SPIN.COM – Jamey Johnson "25 Fall Albums That Matter Most"
25 Fall Albums That Matter Most
The Guitar Song (Mercury)
Release date: Sept. 14
The Skinny: Jamey Johnson has a grizzled grizzly beard, which goes a long way toward signaling the kind of country music he favors. As does the title of his 2008 breakout album, That Lonesome Song. To put it simply, Johnson likes country from the old school (or at least the mythologized "old school"), when outlaw songs met with moody ballads and swirled into something like rootsy American bedrock. For his forthcoming The Guitar Song, Johnson bedded down and wrote a set of 25 songs that will be divided into two CDs, one called the "Black Album" and the other the "White Album." Guess which one is dreary and which is more upbeat?
Fast Fact: Johnson was a Marine for eight years and used to play songs for his fellows in the corps.