Dollar CD (2006)

Artist: Jamey Johnson

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Promising newcomer adds grit to Nashville debut

by on 2/5/2006

Johnson's baritone shows a touch of fellow Alabaman Vern Gosdin, but with a rougher finish that gives his voice an appealing edge. His songs (he wrote or co-wrote seven of these eleven titles) range from homespun ("The Dollar") to rowdy ("Rebelicious") to soulfully spiritual ("Lead Me Home"). The upbeat numbers often sound derivative of Big and Rich's sound, making "Ray Ray's Juke Joint" more rock than swamp and "Redneck Side of Me" more sized for an arena than a bluesy roadhouse. ¶ Where Johnson's personality shines through is on the ballads and mid-tempo numbers. "Flying Silver Eagle," with guitar sounds mined from Haggard's greatest hits of the '70s, is a stellar song of a romantic dead-end turned into personal freedom, and the album's title hit is a clever, sweet song of a young son's love of time spent with his father. "Lead Me Home" is the sort of funereal song that Patty Loveless has successfully used to close many of her albums; Johnson's original song of life after death is moving and powerful. ¶ There's enough radio-friendly fare here to clearly mark this as a major-label Nashville project. But just the same, Johnson has his own artistic voice, both in words and vocals, and producer Buddy Cannon's done a nice job of framing it both for radio and for posterity. Modern country fans will like the more contemporary tracks, while others will find a surprising helping of earthier sounds sprinkled throughout. 3-1/2 stars, if allowed fractional ratings. [©2006 redtunictroll at hotmail dot com]

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Product Overview


Label Bna/sbme
SKU 202154446
UPC 828767269023
UPC 14 00828767269023
Format CD
Release Date 1/31/2006
Author Jamey Johnson
Associated Artist/Work Jennings, Shooter
Technical Info
Engineer Chris Rowe; Steve Marcantonio; T.W. Cargile; Tony Castle; Billy Sherrill; Butch Carr
Producer Buddy Cannon; Buddy Cannon
CatalogID 72690
Lable Name Sony Music Distribution (USA)
Released 01/31/2006
Original Release 2006
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 41m : 43s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00828767269023
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Jamey Johnson (vocals); George Jones (vocals); Wayd Battle, Pat Buchanan (electric guitar); Steve Hinson (steel guitar); David Talbot (banjo); Rob Hajacos (fiddle); Kirk "Jelly Roll" Johnson (harmonica); Jim "Moose" Brown (piano, organ, Wurlitzer organ); Randy McCormick (piano, Wurlitzer organ, keyboards); Gary Prim (piano); Kevin Grantt (bass guitar); Cindy Walker, D. Bergen White, Trenna Barnes, Duane Hamilton, Jon Mark Ivey, Lisa Cochran, Lisa Silver, Marabeth Jordon, Melodie Crittenden, Liana Manis, Melonie Cannon, Louis Dean Nunley, Wyatt Beard (background vocals); John Willis (acoustic guitar, banjo); J.T. Corenflos (electric guitar); Dan Dugmore (steel guitar, dobro); Chad Cromwell (drums); Tom Roady (percussion).
Audio Mixer: T.W. Cargile.
Recording information: County Q Productions; Emerald Sound Studios; Loveshack Studios; Masterfonics Studios; Sounds Stage Studios; The Sound Kitchen, Nashville, TN; WEstwood Sound Studios.
Photographer: Russ Harrington.
Despite a handsome mug and a beefy build, Nashville newcomer Jamey Johnson proves that he's more than just a "hat act" on his 2006 debut, THE DOLLAR. Johnson's neo-traditionalist bent fares well on these 11 tracks, most of which he wrote himself, or co-wrote. While the lyrical themes--work, love, faith, and partying--will not surprise listeners of contemporary country, the freshness of Johnson's songwriting and the appeal of his ragged baritone may. THE DOLLAR balances between emotionally charged ballads and honky-tonk rockers, and Johnson delivers the goods in both styles, making this a solid first outing worth hearing.
Disc 1
1 Dollar, The
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'
8 Rebelicious
9 Back To Caroline
10 It Was Me
11 Lead Me Home
Product Attributes
Artist Johnson,Jamey
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