That Lonesome Song

Some call it badass country. I prefer outlaw.

It\’s the genre of music which resides just outside of mainstream country. It\’s a beautiful spot. Search it out, I encourage you. There is a veritable arena full of talent we will sadly never ever hear on our local FM Country stations. Unless of course commercial country somehow, someday – are you reading the hopeful in my words? – reaches a point of saturation. We fringers hold these dreams close to our hearts.

Here in Alberta, you will hear outlaw country on programs such as Allison Brock\’s Wide Cut Country, which plays every Saturday morning on the CKUA radio station. Every Saturday morning, I thank the Lord for Allison Brock.


Jamey Johnson is one of the most recent residents to outlaw country, and my favorite CD to date is That Lonesome Song, a compilation which has held top spot in my truck player for weeks on end. In fact, it\’s come to this: those who regularly travel with me now groan when it kicks in.

Nine-year-old Wee knows the words to all the songs. Even those she probably shouldn\’t know the words to. There are a one or a two of those.

Jamey Johnson wrote and recorded this CD in a two-year time span, following a divorce, and a self-imposed sabbatical from a downward spiraling life, the aftermath of waking up one morning on a gravel road, the perspective of which he chronicles in the title single.

Some of what I love about That Lonesome Song:

It\’s autobiographical.


Mostly true.

Roots driven.





It features insane pedal steel.

It\’s brave and honest.

A gift to all of us. From Jamey.

From the artist Rolling Stone magazine recently named as one of 40 top reasons to be excited about music, enjoy this interview and snippets of tunes from That Lonesome Song through this link:

And in any good record store, you\’ll find him as he puts it, literally, and figuratively, \”between Jennings and Jones.\”


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