April 16, 2009 — When Jamey Johnson performed "In Color" during the "44th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards", the tint on the TV screen shifted between full color and black & white to reflect the tone of the lyrics.
The shades on the tube might have changed, but nothing's different about Jamey's attitude, even after "In Color" earned him Song of the Year — an honor he also picked up two years ago as a co-writer of George Strait's "Give It Away."
"I think right now we'll just keep doing the same thing we've been doing, which is going out and playing our shows for people," Jamey told Billboard. "If that turns into bigger venues, then that's fine. But for right now, you've got20a honky-tonk band playing in a honky-tonk bar, and that's what we do. I don't need arenas and private jets and all that crap. I just play country music."
Jamey's brand of country is obviously resonating with a lot of people. In addition to picking up a trophy from the industry, fans increased the sales numbers for Jamey's album That Lonesome Song 60 percent on the heels of his ACM performance.
And he's hoping to give them more music in the future. He started work on the next album last fall with hopes of getting it into the marketplace by the end of the year. Can he make that deadline?
"We'll definitely have to get some time in the studio," Jamey said, "to make that happen."