Jamey Johnson

Acclaimed singer-songwriter Jamey Johnson has been showered with plaques, trophies and award statuettes, but they aren't the answer to his dreams. "My dream already came true," says the Alabama native who has rocketed to Nashville stardom. "All I ever wanted was to get to just ride around and sing country music. It's cool when things happen along the way, because those are things I never thought I could achieve. But whatever happens, I'll just keep on doing what I do. I wake up every day and go play some more country music."

The things that have happened along the way include songwriter awards for 2005's "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk," which Jamey co-wrote for Trace Adkins. In the spring of 2007, the Academy of Country Music gave Jamey a Song of the Year award for co-writing the George Strait hit "Give It Away," and the Country Music Association did the same later that year. Mercury Records issued his album That Lonesome Song in the summer of 2008, and the collection was universally hailed as a masterwork. Rolling Stone, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Esquire and The Los Angeles Times are just a few of the major publications that sang its praises. The disc led to invitations from Willie Nelson to play Farm Aid and to appear on Letterman and Leno. In April 2009, the album earned Jamey a Gold Record. The set's "In Color" was named the Song of the Year by both the ACM and the CMA. During 2009 and 2010, Jamey collected five Grammy Award nominations. He toured with country titan Hank Williams Jr. and was one of the few country acts asked to play the massive Bonnaroo festival in June 2010.

In the midst of all of this, Jamey Johnson worked little by little on the landmark project that has become The Guitar Song. Recording sessions for the two-hour music collection were held in Los Angeles, Nashville and at Jimmy Buffett's Shrimp Boat Studio in Key West, Florida. The singer-songwriter began working on it in early 2007 and concluded the project by delivering it to surprised staffers at the Universal Music Group offices in downtown Nashville via an armored car and a guard squad of 40 men in April 2010.
The Guitar Song is a 25-song, double album with thematically linked sets of songs dubbed the "Black Album" and the "White Album." "The original idea was always to do a double album," says Jamey. "It is an album that is a tale. The first part of it is a very dark and sordid story. And then everything after that is progressively more positive, reassuring and redemptive."

chris hennessee

I loaded up the truck in 1998 and headed out of Decatur TN bound for Nashville chasin' my dreams like so many others before me. Somewhere in the past 12 years I realized it's the chasin' that's important. Regardless of the outcome, gettin out of my comfort zone and goin for it is what it's all about. These days I'm blessed to have the opportunity to write with some of the most talented people in the world and play with the most talented musicians. I've also been blessed with cuts on records like Billy Currington's "A Little Bit Of Everything" as well as Kevin Fowler, Corey Morrow, and Rodney Carrington, albums.

Since the Fall of 2010 I've been opening shows for one of the coolest acts in the business today and a great friend Mr. Jamey Johnson. My new record "Hennessee, Like Tennessee" will be available on iTunes, AmazonMP3, Rhapsody and all the others in June 2011 and the CD will be available in early July.

One thing I know for sure, God has a plan for all of us and the odds are those plans are not exactly the plans we've made for ourselves. Just let him drive and enjoy the ride. He has blessed me with a beautiful (inside and out) wife who supports me 100 percent, a supportive family and the opportunity to play guitar and tell stories for a living. I couldn't ask for more.

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Jamey Johnson: SOLD OUT!! with chris hennessee

Friday, May 3 · Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM at The Blue Note (MO)

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