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Johnson slates Ryman gig night of Cochran tribute disc release

Friday, August 31, 2012 – Jamey Johnson will kick-off the release of his new album "Living for a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran" with a concert at the Ryman on Oct. 16 with Johnson and a special group of friends on the street date of the album.

Johnson's next album Living for a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran is set for a Sept. 25 vinyl release and will include Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Alison Krauss, Leon Russell, Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Ray Price, Asleep at the Wheel, Elvis Costello, George Strait, Ronnie Dunn, Bobby Bare, Lee Ann Womack, Kris Kristofferson and Cochran himself. Along with Johnson, they're singing such Cochran hits as I Fall To Pieces, Make the World Go Away, Don't Touch Me, Would These Arms Be In Your Way and A-11. The album features a total of 16 all-time hits from Cochran.

Cochran, who died at age 74 in 2010, is considered one of the greatest songwriters in country music. It was Cochran's passing that inspired the idea for the tribute album. "We all met at the house one day and sang some songs," Johnson said. "Bobby Bare was introducing me to a bunch of songs that when I thought I heard it all, I hadn't heard anything yet. All the best stuff was the stuff I didn't know about yet."

"An entire list of songs was created, not because I knew these songs existed and wanted to cut them, but because the other person did. Everybody got to pick their own, and so for me, it was just as much of a journey as it was for the band or anybody else involved."

Tickets will go on sale Friday Sept. 7 at 10 a.m. To purchase ticket please visit www.ryman.com.

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When ace country songwriter Hank Cochran died in the summer of 2010 it didn't take long to establish who could pull off a fitting tribute to the man who penned timeless classics like Eddy Arnold's Make the World Go Away and Patsy Cline's I Fall to Pieces. Country outlaw Jamey Johnson, who had bonded with Cochran during his final years battling pancreatic cancer, stepped up to the challenge. And boy, has he delivered. Rounding up the likes of Willie Nelson, Alison Krauss, Merle »»»
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Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: With or without band, Isbell satisfies – Usually, when an artist performs without his regular backing band, it becomes about mathematics of subtraction. That artist is armed with far fewer artistic weapons at his/her disposal, after all. In Jason Isbell's case, though, when he performed with just his wife and fiddler Amanda Shires, it was more about substitution than subtraction.... »»»
Concert Review: Grammy nominations aside, Yola, Kiah are the real deal – Grammy nominations do not make the artist, but Yola and opener Amythyst Kiah underscored time and again on this night that the honors were well deserved. In fact, Yola and Kiah's other group, Our Native Daughters, are nominated in the same category - Best American Roots. Yola has three other nominations as well. The clear winners... »»»
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