The Guitar Song (2CD)

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The Guitar Song (2CD)

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Track Listings

Disc 1 (of 2)

1. Listen Lonely At The Top
2. Listen Cover Your Eyes
3. Listen Poor Man Blues
4. Listen Set 'Em Up Joe
5. Listen Playing The Part
6. Listen Baby Don't Cry
7. Listen Heaven Bound
8. Listen Can't Cash My Checks
9. Listen That's How I Don't Love You
10. Listen Heartache
11. Listen Mental Revenge
12. Listen Even The Skies Are Blue

Disc 2 (of 2)

1. Listen By The Seat Of Your Pants
2. Listen California Riots
3. Listen Dog In The Yard
4. Listen The Guitar Song - Featuring Bill Anderson
5. Listen That's Why I Write Songs
6. Listen Macon
7. Listen Thankful For The Rain
8. Listen Good Morning Sunrise
9. Listen Front Porch Swing Afternoon
10. Listen I Remember You
11. Listen Good Times Ain't What They Used To Be
12. Listen For The Good Times
13. Listen My Way To You

About the Album

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
Artist: Jamey Johnson
Studio Label: CD
Edited: No
Format: CD
Enhanced: No
Number of Discs: 2
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.17
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 0.3 x 4.25 x 5.25
UPC: 0060252717316

Customer Product Reviews

Rated 4.9 out of 5★ by 14reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5★ by JAMEY DOES IT AGAIN 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!! 09/16/2010
Rated 5 out of 5★ by awsome once again jamey did an awsoem job, If you are a jamey johnson fan you will love this album 09/14/2010
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Great Travel Music this is by far a great cd. I commute an hour to work and this cd helps make the trip seem shorter. 09/24/2010
Rated 5 out of 5★ by If you like "Old school country" 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. 10/20/2010
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Great CD I got this cd for my husband for christmas and he LOVES it! Lots of great songs on it! 12/28/2010
Rated 5 out of 5★ by GuitarSong each song on both CD's are awesome. Great Alabama boy singing from the heart. 10/06/2010
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Great CD Set If you are a Jamey Johnson fan, this CD set is a must! 10/30/2010
Rated 4 out of 5★ by jamie johnson 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. 11/22/2010
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