May 11, 2009 — Jamey Johnson's album That Lonesome Song was one of the most important releases of 2008, earning nominations in the Grammy Awards and the Academy of Country Music honors as he chronicled his emotional journey in the wake of a divorce.
He's won major awards for writing the George Strait hit "Give It Away" and his own Top 10 release, "In Color," but he still gets quizzed on occasion about writing "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk," a song that's every bit as comical as "In Color" is serious. And Jamey refuses to apologize for it.
"Even Hank Williams, not every song he wrote was the cold sting of reality," Jamey told The Boston Globe. "He also wrote 'Hey Good Lookin'.' I don't recall anybody questioning his motives or questioning whether or not he still had his cr edibility as a songwriter because he rhymed 'Hey good lookin' ' with 'What you got cookin'.'"
Jamey's done quite well at both ends of the spectrum. "Badonkadonk" sold enough copies to become a gold single for Trace Adkins, while That Lonesome Song went gold for Jamey, who's developing what he hopes will become a Lonesome sequel.
"When you do write from your life, it's very easy to put things in chronological order and to actually tell a story," he said. "That's pretty much what happened with That Lonesome Song. And you know, if I do my job right and I write my songs with as much detail and as much care as I wrote that album with, then maybe the story continues."
Jamey and Trace are both on tap to perform June 13 at Nashville's LP Field during the CMA Music Festival. Also on the bill that night are Martina McBride, Josh Turner, Lee Ann Womack and Wynonna, who will bring out Naomi Judd for a Judds reunion.