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Jamey Johnson goes gold with "The Guitar Song"

Wednesday, December 15, 2010 – Jamey Johnson's 25-song double album, "The Guitar Song," which received two Grammy nominations including for Country Album of the Year, was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America for sales of 500,000 units.

"My dream already came true," Johnson said. "All I ever wanted was just to get to ride around and sing country music. It's cool when things like that happen along the way. Because those are the things I never thought I could achieve. Whether or not it's gold or platinum or hell, diamond for that matter, it wouldn't surprise me anymore. I'll just keep doing what I do. I wake up every day and go play some more country music and have another drink."

The CD also received a Grammy nomination for Best Male Country Vocal Performance for the song Macon. He received a third Grammy nomination in Best Country Collaboration with Vocals for Bad Angels with Dierks Bentley and Miranda Lambert.

"As an album, 'The Guitar Song' is the collection of this journey," Johnson said. "It's one that goes all the way around. It starts off in a deep, dismal, dark place and ends up in a far better place. That's what has happened to me over the past several years. Something that started in a dark corner has ended up getting to be all over the country. I've seen some of the most beautiful places I've ever seen in my life the past several years, and I wouldn't trade that for anything."

In early 2011, Johnson will join Kid Rock on his national "Born Free" tour, which begins in front of a crowd of 60,000 on Jan. 15 at Detroit's Ford Field.

"The underlying current is that when I sit down to play music, I play music from my heart," said Johnson. "As long as I can keep a grasp on that in some way through my career, hopefully I'll be all right."

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