Johnson - The
By: Cheryl Harvey Hill, Sr. Staff Journalist
is surely going to be the year when Jamey Johnson recalls the
true value of The Dollar. It is also most likely to be
the year he makes a lot of them but, surprisingly, not only from
his own beautiful, bountiful, baritone voice. It just so happens
that this artist is mega blessed and his songwriting skills are
definitely on par with his singing ability. Not only did he have
a hand in writing seven of the eleven songs on this album,
including the heartrending title cut, "The Dollar,"
but he co-wrote on a tune that not only became a major hit for
one of his musical peers but may have also coined a new grading
standard for the most shapely patrons at your favorite saloon;
"Honky Tonk Badonkadonk". Although it is his amazing
voice that initially got my attention and earned my respect, I
have to say that by the last note of the last song, I was
equally impressed by his prolific songwriting skills. He clearly
has a knack for creating memorable hooks and catchy, visual
adjectives. You don't have to think too hard to conjure up a
vision to go with "Rebelicious" and "Keepin' Up
with the Jonesin'" is given an additional meaning, and a
trademark twang, when none other than the legendary George Jones
joins Johnson on this cut ... great fun.
is impossible to select one favorite track from this album since
each of the songs offer up at least one unique characteristic
that sets them apart from the rest; that, in and of itself,
makes this album outstanding. There is so much heart in all of
the lyrics. Traditional country music was built on the great
story songs and you will find more than one on this CD. Even the
story of a family whose daily life was dictated by the actions
of an alcoholic father, as it is on "My Saving Grace,"
is delivered so eloquently that it manages to leave you feeling
Alabama roots may have provided the inspiration for
"Redneck Side of Me" and "Rebelicious." The
banjo riffs, on the latter, will definitely lift your spirits
and get your feet moving.
pace slows way down for the beautiful "Back to
Caroline" and the vocal mesh on the chorus was excellent. I
thoroughly enjoyed the delightful, harmonious waltz, "It
Was Me." Every traditional country album worth its salt
should have at least one lovely, lilting waltz and this
definitely fits the bill.
didn't expect the final cut on the album to be a gospel song
but, on the other hand, when you consider that the album begins
with such an enlightening life lesson as "The Dollar,"
"Lead Me Home" really is a most appropriate ending. I
loved the spiritual energy that was added by the choir and the
way this track just fades out; giving you a chance to breathe
deep and savor the moment.
is an album that appears to have been created using the most
tried and true recipe for success. You get your favorite Iron
Chef to guide you, in this case its producer Buddy Cannon, you
lay your talent on the table as the main ingredient, pour out
your heart and soul with your voice, add a pinch of passion and
a dab of humor seasoned with home grown lyrics; stir it all
together with excellent musicians, a dash of panache and you end
up with a satisfying buffet everyone can enjoy. Kudos to the cook.
Click on the CD cover to order yours!
1. The Dollar
2. Flying Silver Eagle
3. She's All Lady
4. Ray Ray's Juke Joint
5. My Saving Grace
6. Redneck Side Of Me
7. Keeping Up With The Jonesin'
9. Back To Caroline
10. It Was Me
11. Lead Me Home
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