That Lonesome Song

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That Lonesome Song

Jamey Johnson takes a traditional approach to country songwriting, a stance not always commercially viable in the early 21st century. Johnson came to Nashville in 2000 and, after years of struggling, cut The Dollar in 2005, but when the label couldn't get a hit single off the album, they dropped him. Johnson concentrated on his songwriting and had hits with George Strait, who took "Give It Away" to number one; Trace Adkins, and another number one with "Ladies Love Country Boys"; and Joe Nichols. Proving that chart success doesn't always equal happiness, Johnson's marriage broke up around this time and he spent a long while in seclusion writing the desperate songs that make up That Lonesome Song. Johnson first released the album on his website, then his own Humphead label, but Mercury Records picked it up for nationwide release in August of 2008. The critical cliche would be "They don't write albums like That Lonesome Song any more," which is at least partially true. The raw emotion and barely controlled heartache that Johnson brings to his singing and songwriting on the album aren't exactly in style in 2008's country market, but lovers of old-fashioned hardcore country and honky tonk music will be stunned by its emotional depth and strong melodies. Most modern country singers flounder when they try to put across a ballad, often loading down the lyric with sentimentality rather than real feeling. On an album that's almost exclusively ballads, Johnson never falls into that trap. The songs are full of keen insights, clever turns of phrase, and real emotion.

"High Cost of Living" is a moody evaluation of life on the skids that references pot, booze, drugs, infidelity, and hopelessness, without dipping into self-pity. The Hammond B-3 that plays in the background makes it sound like an anti-gospel song and the hook uses the kind of wordplay that used to be the hallmark of country songwriting -- "The high cost of living ain't nothing like the cost of living high." On "Mowin' Down the Roses" the B-3 gives the tune a spooky feel, as Johnson delivers a somber exorcism of his former life, purging the house of every trace of his wife: smashing her pictures, flushing her perfume down the toilet, and mowin' down the roses in the garden. The song doesn't sound like a celebration of newfound freedom; it's a hopeless dirge delivered in a flat, emotionless tone that makes the song even more effective. It's followed by a Bob McDill tune, "The Door Is Always Open," one of the few hopeful numbers on the album, although its lyric and Johnson's delivery give the song a less hopeful spin that you'd expect. The title tune paints the picture of a bleak, hung-over morning. It starts as a acoustic lament, then slowly adds a loping Waylon Jennings beat to deliver a cautionary tale of a singer who throws his life away for the love of a lonesome song. "Women" is a celebration of the fairer sex, and one man's inability to understand them. It's a tongue-in-cheek tune with a great pedal steel break, and rides that jaunty Waylon two-step stomp rhythm. The album closes with the self-congratulatory tale of Johnson's quest for fame, a guy who comes to Nashville with his own sound, somewhere "Between Jennings and Jones." It's another tune that almost dips into self-parody, but Johnson's style is, in fact, between Jennings and Jones. His ironic delivery of the tune is perfect and as he points out in the lyric, if they still had record stores, his albums would be filed between Jennings and Jones. ~ j. poet, All Music Guide

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Record Label: CD
Brand: Anderson
Performer: Jamey Johnson
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H): 0.39 x 4.25 x 5.25 Inches
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1. Released
2. High Cost Of Living
3. Angel
4. Place Out On The Ocean
5. Mowin' Down The Roses
6. The Door Is Always Open
7. Mary Go Round
8. In Color
9. The Last Cowboy
10. That Lonesome Song
11. Dreaming My Dreams
12. Women
13. Stars In Alabama
14. Between Jennings And Jones
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Customer Reviews | 19 reviews | 4.8 out of 5

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great cd
3/15/2010

Customer review by jennie68

5.0 stars 3/15/2010 by jennie68
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this is one of the best cd's I have ever owned, jamey is awsome , saw him in concert and he was non stop.performed for 2 1/2 hours . music was even better in concert . worth every penny

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Awesome CD
7/27/2009

Customer review by vafarmwife

5.0 stars 7/27/2009 by vafarmwife
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Love every song on this CD. What a voice. He reminds me of George Jones. My favorite song is Angel. He is true country-not some gelled hair prissy boy.

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vafarmwife
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Age:35 - 44
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Another GREAT album!
11/5/2010

Customer review by jjdreamgirl

5.0 stars 11/5/2010 by jjdreamgirl
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The more I listen to Jamey the better I feel deep in my soul. He has an amazing way of conveying life through his songs. I can't get enough!

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Purchased for just one song, In Color.
5/31/2015

Customer review by coolbreez1973

5.0 stars 5/31/2015 by coolbreez1973
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After listening to the whole CD, I am glad I did make my purchase. All of the songs are really good and make this purchase a great one.

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InColor
12/27/2008

Customer review by ChandO

5.0 stars 12/27/2008 by ChandO
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I would get this CD over again! It came sooner than expected and I knew that I could track the product! I am so very satisfied!

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