The Guitar Song

Jamey Johnson - The Guitar Song
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2010 Ratings: #3 / 879
Year End Rank: #47
User Score
Based on 20 ratings
September 14, 2010 / Release Date
LP / Format
Mercury / Label
Country / Genres
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It makes plain the music contemporary country is trying to erase, while being a thoroughly accessible modern offering. Given its wonderfully crafted and performed material and stellar production, it is the country album of 2010.

A.V. Club

On his audacious, frequently excellent third album, The Guitar Song, Johnson shares his dream of outlaw country becoming as dominant a commercial force as it was in the '70s, over the course of 25 songs rooted in the past, but not indebted to it.


The Guitar Song quite firmly cements Johnson's place at the forefront of today's country music songwriters, performers, and singers.


If Johnson seems uninterested in Nashville's warm-and-cuddly act, he agrees with its insistence on crackerjack songcraft, and that keeps The Guitar Song from hardening into tough-guy drudgery.

Rolling Stone

That Lonesome Song, established him as an heir to "outlaws" like Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard. The Guitar Song aims even higher, with 25 tracks that take the pulse of a country hitting the skids and a country singer hitting the big time.

Outstanding trad country double album.

Not a showboating voice but I like that - the boy sounds humble.
Just some good country music.
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Track List

Disc 1

  1. Lonely At The Top
  2. Cover Your Eyes
  3. Poor Man Blues
  4. Set 'Em Up Joe
  5. Playing The Part
  6. Baby Don't Cry
  7. Heaven Bound
  8. Can't Cash My Checks
  9. That's How I Don't Love You
  10. Heartache
  11. Mental Revenge
  12. Even The Skies Are Blue

Disc 2

  1. By The Seat Of Your Pants
  2. California Riots
  3. Dog In The Yard
  4. The Guitar Song
  5. That's Why I Write Songs
  6. Macon
  7. Thankful For The Rain
  8. Good Morning Sunrise
  9. Front Porch Swing Afternoon
  10. I Remember You
  11. Good Times Ain't What They Used To Be
  12. For The Good Times
  13. My Way To You

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