THE VIRGINIAN-PILOT – Jamey Johnson CD Review
Jamey Johnson ‘The Guitar Song’
Jamey Johnson’s “The Guitar Song,” a double CD released Tuesday, is a package of woe, but the kicker is that Johnson enthralls you.
He has a pure country voice, at times reminiscent of Conway Twitty, especially on the haunting “Cover Your Eyes.” Listen to the poetic lyrics, most of them penned by the singer/songwriter/guitarist, who has earned several award nominations.
Johnson shines brightest on the first disc, and the top dog on that one is “Heartache.” Close on the heels are “That’s How I Don’t Love You” and “Can’t Cash My Checks,” which equates poverty with misery.
There are 24 songs in that vein on both CDs, but on Disc 2 Johnson sneaks in one up-tempo piece, and a good one it is. “Good Times Ain’t What They Used to Be,” which swings nicely, is followed by Ray Price’s “For the Good Times.”
Johnson sings about his own songwriting effort in “Dog in the Yard,” telling you what he does and why he does it. “The Guitar Song” will jerk the tears right out of your ducts.