Jamey Johnson - The Dollar
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The Dollar (BNA, 2006)

Jamey Johnson

Reviewed by Michael Sudhalter

Jamey Johnson counts traditional country, new country and southern rock among his influences, and the Alabama native melds them together in a unique way with special emphasis on traditional sounds on his 11-song debut album. Johnson is a great storyteller, whether that song is going to cause laughter or tears depends on one's perspective.

The self-titled track is about a family spending time together, written from the child's perspective while "Flying Silver Eagle" is a tale of a superficial relationship that comes full circle at the end.

With his deep baritone, Johnson is especially strong on ballads like "She's All Lady", "My Saving Grace" and the southern rock-influenced "Back to Caroline" Johnson, who wrote two songs and co-wrote five others, sings about giving up the honky-tonk life on "Keeping Up With The Jonesin," with George Jones making a brief appearence at the end of the tune.

Like many country artists of the past, Johnson closes the album with a powerful gospel song "Lead Me Home."

CDs by Jamey Johnson

Living for a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran, 2012 That Lonesome Song, 2008 The Dollar, 2006

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