Review in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Jamey Johnson 'The Guitar Song' (Mercury Nashville)
The usual complaints about slick Nashville product don't apply to this outlaw from Alabama who could have stood toe to toe with the Highwaymen.
It's a tribute to the singer with the smoky baritone that it would be hard to pinpoint when exactly this twangy traditional country record was made. At 25 songs long, it seems to go on forever and it's generous with cliches, but the roadhouse playing is good and true, and the barroom songs about hard new times (notably, "Lonely at the Top" and "Can't Cash My Checks") are devastating.
-- Scott Mervis