The Guitar Song (2CD)

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When was the last time anybody in country music released a double studio album? Following up his stellar 2008 recording, That Lonesome Song, songwriter Jamey Johnson returns with the ambitious, sprawling 25-track The Guitar Song. The set's two discs are divided into thematic halves: the Black Album concerns itself primarily with darker, more complex situations in life, love, and loss, and the White Album focuses on more redemptive themes. It's not as simple as that, however; there is a yin-and-yang effect too, as evidenced by "Playing the Part," from the Black Album, which is an upbeat tune about surviving bad times in Hollywood. Likewise, "California Riots" is a nasty thumping outlaw number about sheer survival, but it's on the White Album. That balance is a part of Johnson's gift. Songs find their own way. The Guitar Song is uncompromising. Johnson's own accomplished road band -- consisting of players symbiotically sympathetic to the material -- provides the backing, and he gives his musicians room to really play, whether it's honky tonk Southern rock or bedroom or back-porch ballads. The sound is rougher edged than contemporary country; it comes from the Waylon Jennings/Hank Jr./David Allan Coe era. It rocks, but it also rolls. Johnson's chameleon-like ability as a writer and singer also affords him the luxury to collaborate with many of Nashville's current writing crop as well as veterans, all without compromising his vision as a narrative songwriter. He allows tough topics to rise from the heart and speak directly with whatever emotions they carry coming to the fore. Check the title track (with a guest appearance by Bill Anderson); the broken love songs "Heartache," "Cover Your Eyes" and "Thankful for the Rain"; the brutally lonesome "That's How I Don't Love You Anymore"; the Merle Haggard-influenced "Even the Skies Are Blue" and "Good Morning Sunrise" (which are the best vocal performances on the album); the front-porch reminiscence in "By the Seat of Your Pants"; the tough, soulful, gospel-influenced blues of "Macon"; and the lilting closer, "My Way to You." Likewise, his choice of covers -- including "Lonely at the Top" (a little-known Keith Whitley honky tonk tune), Mel Tillis' classic "Mental Revenge," Hank Cochran's "Set "Em Up Joe," and Kris Kristofferson's forlorn "For the Good Times" -- are all executed with the necessary spit, grit, and empathy, and display Johnson's considerable talent as an interpretive singer. The arguments as to whether The Guitar Song is as good as the beloved That Lonesome Song don't matter. What does matter is what The Guitar Song accomplishes: it makes plain the music contemporary country is trying to erase, while being a thoroughly accessible modern offering. Given its wonderfully crafted and performed material and stellar production, it is the country album of 2010. ~ Thom Jurek, Rovi

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Gender: Unisex
Record Label: CD
Brand: Anderson
Digital Video Formats: CD
Performer: Jamey Johnson
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H): 0.30 x 4.25 x 5.25 Inches
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1. Lonely At The Top
2. Cover Your Eyes
3. Poor Man Blues
4. Set 'Em Up Joe
5. Playing The Part
6. Baby Don't Cry
7. Heaven Bound
8. Can't Cash My Checks
9. That's How I Don't Love You
10. Heartache
11. Mental Revenge
12. Even The Skies Are Blue
13. By The Seat Of Your Pants
14. California Riots
15. Dog In The Yard
16. The Guitar Song - Featuring Bill Anderson
17. That's Why I Write Songs
18. Macon
19. Thankful For The Rain
20. Good Morning Sunrise
21. Front Porch Swing Afternoon
22. I Remember You
23. Good Times Ain't What They Used To Be
24. For The Good Times
25. My Way To You
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JAMEY DOES IT AGAIN
9/17/2010

Customer review by Bernmyster

5.0 stars 9/17/2010 by Bernmyster
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My wife got me this CD for my B-Day. All I can say is WOW. CD # 1 first song, the journey begins. You take a time machine back to Nashville 1970. It is hardcore, roadhouse, jukebox country music. If you looking for bubble gum "pop country" then this CD is not for you. This is old school, the way country music is suppose to be. This double CD should without a doubt be talked about for years and years, and hands down it has my vote for Country Music Album of the year!! Thanks Jamey for this rare masterpiece!!

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awsome
9/14/2010

Customer review by jennie68

5.0 stars 9/14/2010 by jennie68
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once again jamey did an awsoem job, If you are a jamey johnson fan you will love this album

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Bringing the old stlye country back
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Customer review by TheChadMan

5.0 stars 5/9/2015 by TheChadMan
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Jamey Johnson is one of the best country singers out there. He's one of the only ones that sings "true" country music.

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If you like "Old school country"
10/20/2010

Customer review by GBobby

5.0 stars 10/20/2010 by GBobby
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I've only recently discovered Jamey Johnson and am glad that I went ahead and purchased this CD. Some songs may not "grab you" right away, but even those seem to get stuck in your head...excellent album.

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jamie johnson
11/23/2010

Customer review by wantedtheproducttowork1

4.0 stars 11/23/2010 by wantedtheproducttowork1
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I bought this cd for a present for my husband. He is a big Jamie Johnson fan, and he LOVED IT!!! I am glad that I was able to purchase it for him.

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