Man, I recently discovered a country singer/songwriter named Jamey Johnson.
He's been around for about 12 years and I am just getting around to him. That's the way it works sometimes with me - especially with country singers.
Today's country singers suck, I mean they really suck - they suck big time. As long as they use the words pick up truck, beer, gun, girlfriend, and dog in their songs they think that makes them authentic country singers.
You want to talk to me about country you talk to me about Willie, Waylon, Kris and Johnny - Merle Haggard, George Jones - Hank Williams. Patsy Cline, Tammy Wynette, Dolly Parton.
You get the picture. These people lived their songs and it shows. That, my friends is authenticity.
They have depth. And they are oh so cool.
Anyway I don't pay attention to today's country singers so that's how I missed Jamey Johnson. But I am glad I found him.
Love this dude. Kind of reminds me of Waylon, kind of reminds me of George Jones.
Got a song called "Lonely At The Top". He's sitting in a bar whining to the guy next to him about how lonely it is at the top. As he says, kind of bragging, kind of whining.
He asks the guy if he wants a drink and the guy says:
"Thanks, I'll have a double, I've worked up a powerful thirst just listening to all your troubles, and while he makes that drink I'll smoke one if you got 'em, it might be lonely at the top but its a bitch at the bottom".
I love this guy. Jesus Christ, man, when I find new music to dig, especially when I find a new (to me) singer/songwriter to dig, I get delirious.
Love this guy's music. Something new to keep me happy.
Music is everything, baby.