July 28, 2009 — Next week is one year since Jamey Johnson's album That Lonesome Song came out on Mercury Records, but he's already gearing up for his next CD. This time around, the album will come out simultaneously on retro vinyl, an appropriate move since much of the music he loves was recorded at a time when the CD hadn't even yet been released.
"That's how I listen to music," Jamey says. "It's my favorite, No. 1 preference at home, to go put a vinyl record on my great grandmother's old record player."
His current album includes two songs that appeared on Waylon Jennings'
Dreaming My Dreams, released when the only real competition to the vinyl LP was the 8-track tape. That Lonesome Song embraced influences from that era and proved that a market still exists for raw, authentic country. Even in the midst of declining album sales, Jamey's project shipped 500,000 copies; Jamey and Mercury jointly celebrated with a gold party, something he never anticipated as a kid.
"Hell, I never even dreamed of it as an adult," he laughs. "When we found out the album went gold, I said, 'We're going to need a whole lot of plaques because I want to be able to give them out to everybody.'"
A release date hasn't yet been announced for the new album, though the first single, "My Way To You," has already been released to radio stations. Beginning Monday, it will be available as a free download at www.jameyjohnson.com. The song goes to digital music stores Aug. 11.