Jamey Johnson was the guest of honor at BMI during a rooftop celebration in Nashville on Tuesday evening May 19th to acknowledge the certification of his Gold record for “That Lonesome Song”.
Luke Lewis, Chairman of Universal Music Group Nashville, spoke to the crowd and presented Johnson and those who contributed to the success with Gold Album plaques commemorating the accomplishment. Initially this album was only available as a digital download, which makes it this milestone an accomplishment to be very proud of.
Jamey’s family joined him in the festivities along with his producers (Dave Cobb) and band; Kent Hardly Playboys (Wayd Battle, Jim "Moose" Brown, T.W. Cargile, Kevin "Swine" Grantt, "Cowboy" Eddie Long and Dave Macafee). Perusing the crowd, familiar faces were everywhere, including Teddy Gentry, Phillip Sweet of Little Big Town, Whispering Bill Anderson, The Oak Ridge Boys, Keith Anderson and Heidi Newfield, as well as many other industry executives and music row writers, publishers and management who turned out to share in this momentous occasion.
During the photo’s many of the label personnel surprised Jamey by donning goatees similar to Jamey in humor of his rough and ragged appearance. They even had one for his young daughter to wear which brought rounds of laughter from the crowd.
Jamey Johnson’s critically acclaimed album, That Lonesome Song, has been certified gold by the RIAA commemorating 500,000 in sales. The record has spent 20 weeks inside the top ten on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. That Lonesome Song was released on Mercury Records on August 5, 2008. The music industry, fans, country radio and journalists from all over the country were drawn to the authenticity of Johnson’s music and he immediately garnered rave album reviews. That Lonesome Song made “Best Albums of 2008” lists (all genres) by Rolling Stone, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Houston Chronicle, The Dallas Morning News, Billboard, PASTE and many more. iTunes named Johnson’s That Lonesome Song the Best Country Album of 2008 and his debut single, “In Color,” Best Country Song of 2008.
Johnson co-produced the tracks "Place Out on the Ocean" and "Between Jennings and Jones" with Dave Cobb and his band, the Kent Hardly Playboys (Wayd Battle, Jim "Moose" Brown, T.W. Cargile, Kevin "Swine" Grantt, "Cowboy" Eddie Long and Dave Macafee). The rest of the album was produced by the Kent Hardly Playboys. Former ALABAMA bass guitarist Teddy Gentry plays bass guitar on "Stars in Alabama".
Recently, Johnson took home the ACM Song of the Year award for his hit single “In Color.” This was Johnson’s second win in the ACM Song of the Year category. He previously won in 2006 for “Give It Away,” which was recorded by George Strait. CMT just announced their first round finalists for the “2009 CMT Music Awards” and Johnson received two nominations for “In Color” - one for Male Video of the Year and the other in the USA Weekend Breakthrough Video of the Year category.
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