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Jan 26

Jamey Johnson: The Insider’s Outsider

Jamey Johnson photo courtesy of UMG Nashville.

By Robert K. Oermann
© 2011 CMA Close Up® News Service / Country Music Association®, Inc.

Jamey Johnson has a way of defying our expectations. At a time when it is harder than ever to sell full-length albums relative to single digital tracks, he has followed his Mercury Nashville Gold-certified That Lonesome Song with a double album. The Guitar Song contains 25 songs and demands more than an hour of a listener’s attention – yet in September it debuted at the top of the Country chart and at No. 4 on the all-genre Billboard Top 200.

The music video for his anti-Hollywood song “Playing the Part,” written by Johnson and Shane Minor, was filmed in Hollywood and directed by actor Matthew McConaughey. And though at the top of his game as a Country songwriter and record producer, Johnson has also taken a left turn to produce a gospel album for the legendary Blind Boys of Alabama. Continue Reading

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Oct 11

Jamey Johnson: a Link in the Chain

Jamey Johnson photo courtesy of UMG Nashville.

When Jamey Johnson released his 2008 album That Lonesome Song, he was uniformly hailed for the quality of the songs and the honesty of the performances. The album tipped its hat to traditional country and was recognized in The Nashville Scene’s annual Country Music Critics Poll as the best CD of that year.

Now Jamey’s new double-disc project The Guitar Song is earning similar feedback. It debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart and it’s getting early recognition as an Album of the Year candidate on the 2011 awards circuit.

All of that’s well and good, though Jamey himself seems less interested than anybody in what kind of accolades it earns. The sales? The marketing? He’s more than happy to let the record label take care of those issues.

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Sep 14

Jamey Johnson Puts Traditional Country to the Test

Jamey Johnson photo courtesy of UMG Nashville.

In an era where many consumers buy their music one track at a time, Jamey Johnson has ramped up an old-fashioned idea. He’s not just releasing an album today — he’s putting out a two-disc CD. And for fans who want to go really retro, he’s also making it available as a three-disc vinyl album.

All of that’s appropriate, because Jamey’s drawing on some old ideas about country with The Guitar Song. It includes remakes of songs originated by Mel Tillis, Vern Gosdin, Kris Kristofferson and Keith Whitley. And Jamey did it with an old-fashioned attitude. It was recorded as live as possible in the studio. The recordings were informal, much like the way he sings his songs when he takes them on the road.

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Jul 16

The Life and Legacy of Hank Cochran

Hank Cochran photo courtesy of So Much Moore Media.

Hank Cochran photo courtesy of So Much Moore Media.

Hank Cochran, a legendary songwriter who had hits in four decades, died Thursday after battling pancreatic cancer. A longtime member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, his words and melodies were significant in the careers of such signature artists as George Strait, Patsy Cline, Keith Whitley and Eddy Arnold.

Hank was part of the first generation of Nashville’s full-time songwriters. Born in Mississippi, he was living and performing in California when he signed his first songwriting contract in 1959 with Pamper Music, a publishing company owned in part by Ray Price. In January 1960, he moved to Music City, where he became a regular at Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, a legendary music-business hangout. Tootsie’s provided an informal meeting room for country’s artists and writers, including Harlan Howard, Mel Tillis, Marty Robbins and Willie Nelson, who Hank first met there. He helped Willie get signed to Pamper and even gave up a raise to make sure the company could afford Willie.

Hank’s legend was practically cemented when he and Harlan co-wrote “I Fall To Pieces,” a landmark Patsy Cline song with a nicely contoured melody and deftly direct lyrics. It was not just a great calling card. The National Endowment for the Arts named it one of 365 culturally significant recordings in a new-millennium list of the Songs of the Century.

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Jun 10

Chuck Wicks, Chris Young Help GAC Kick Off CMA Festival

l-r: Love And Theft, GAC's Storme Warren, Chuck Wicks, Joey + Rory and Chris Young at the GAC Breakfast during the CMA Music Festival, June 9, 2010. Photo by Kay Williams.

l-r: Love And Theft, GAC's Storme Warren, Chuck Wicks, Joey + Rory and Chris Young at the GAC Breakfast during the CMA Music Festival, June 9, 2010. Photo by Kay Williams.


“I feel like an old man.”

A limping Chuck Wicks laughed off an injury Wednesday morning as he took a stage in the lobby of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to sing four songs and welcome a contingent of fans to Nashville. Chuck, Chris Young, Joey + Rory and Love and Theft took part in the third annual GAC Fan Breakfast, an adjunct event to the CMA Music Festival, which officially began with a parade just a few hours later.

It wasn’t Chuck’s first public moment of the week. He took part Monday in the City of Hope Celebrity Softball Challenge, joining Joe Nichols, David Nail, Vince Gill and others on the “After Midnite With Blair Garner” team, which defeated the Grand Ole Opry squad 15-10. Chuck unfortunately got a raspberry chasing a ball, and the wound still stung Wednesday a.m., explaining his hobbling entrance at the Hall of Fame.

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May 21

Chris Young Looks Backward With Voices EP

Chris Young photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.

Chris Young photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.

In taking an opening slot on Alan Jackson’s current Freight Train Tour, Chris Young has the opportunity to spend a decent amount of time with one of his heroes. He’ll pay homage to three more with a three-song digital release, Voices EP.

The project, set to be released through iTunes on Tuesday, finds him doing acoustic versions of three 1980s classics: John Anderson’s 1983 hit “Swingin’,” Vern Gosdin’s 1989 standard “Chiseled In Stone” and Keith Whitley’s “I’m Over You,” a hit in 1990 that Whitley recorded in the weeks prior to his death in May 1989.

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Apr 7

Alan Jackson’s Freight Train Hauls Josh Turner, Chris Young

Alan Jackson photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.

Alan Jackson photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.

All aboard! Alan Jackson’s Freight Train Tour hits the tracks on Thursday, and a couple of his passengers have turned it into a rather appropriate musical package.

Alan’s opening acts are Josh Turner and Chris Young, two artists with deep, rich voices and an obvious love of country music tradition. Teaming them with a guy like Alan — whose appreciation for such classic-country acts as George Jones and Vern Gosdin is well-documented — should make for a very consistent evening at a concert hall.

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Mar 30

Alan Jackson Finally Tracks Down Lee Ann Womack

Alan Jackson photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.

Alan Jackson photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.

Alan Jackson’s latest album Freight Train hit stores today.  The album features 12 brand new tracks including his current hit single “It’s Just That Way.”   Alan has writing credits for 8 of the songs on Freight Train, but it’s a classic song originally penned by Vern Gosdin that Alan says has been on his wish list for a long time.  “Till The End” is a song Alan has been kickin’ around for years, one that he always knew he wanted to record as a duet.  And, after several attempts through the years, Alan finally convinced Lee Ann Womack to cut it with him. Continue Reading

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Feb 22

Alan Jackson Shoots New Video, Announces Tour Dates

Alan Jackson photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.

Alan Jackson photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.

When it came time to shoot a video for his new single, “It’s Just That Way,” Alan Jackson looked no further than his daughter, Mattie, for the video treatment.

“The video depicts a backwards reality, with metaphors of nature’s undeniable realities,” wrote Mattie in the treatment she submitted. “[It] illustrates a love that is as pure and dependable as the sun rising in the sky.” Mattie is a sophomore at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  She makes her debut as a journalist in the June issue of Paula Dean Cooking.  Click here to see the video.

“It’s Just That Way” was written by Keith Stegall, Vicky McGehee and Kylie Sackley, but, Alan says, “It’s such a beautiful melody, I wish I’d written it myself.” 

“It reminds me of Denise,” says Alan of “It’s Just That Way,” “and how we have been together forever.  Sometimes we just look back and think of where we started and how it all happened and it’s just like it was supposed to be,” he said. Continue Reading

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Feb 3

George Strait, Miranda Lambert Make Top 20 Country Breakup Songs List

Miranda Lambert photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.

Miranda Lambert photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.

Like it or not, Valentine’s Day is almost here. We gave you our list of the Top 20 Country Love Songs – but life isn’t always moonlight and roses, is it? So after we dried our eyes and pulled ourselves together, we came up with a list of our favorite anti-love songs. Are you breaking up with your boyfriend/girlfriend? Your spouse? Your job? Did you find out your sweetheart’s been less than faithful? Whatever the heartbreak occasion, there’s usually a country song that’s a perfect fit.

By no means is this a definitive list, so please, tell us what other songs you’d add! Put your suggestions in the comments section below.

Top 20 Country Breakup Songs (in no particular order):

• “Lonely And Gone” – Montgomery Gentry
• “I’m Moving On” – Rascal Flatts
• “White Liar” – Miranda Lambert
• “I Will Always Love You” – Dolly Parton
• “The Most Beautiful Girl” – Charlie Rich
• “There Is No Arizona” – Jamie O’Neal
• “Today My World Slipped Away” – Vern Gosdin/George Strait
• “Whiskey Lullaby” – Brad Paisley & Alison Krauss
• “Kiss This” – Aaron Tippin
• “Take This Job & Shove It” – Johnny Paycheck
• “Before He Cheats” – Carrie Underwood
• “Consider Me Gone” – Reba McEntire
• “Blame It On Your Heart” – Patty Loveless
• “Unwound” – George Strait
• “You’ll Think Of Me” – Keith Urban
• “By The Time I Get To Phoenix” – Glen Campbell
• “Cheatin’” – Sara Evans
• “Goodbye Says It All” – BlackHawk
• “Should’ve Said No” – Taylor Swift
• “Brokenheartsville” – Joe Nichols

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