It wasn’t what I expected. I don’t think the nearly packed Carnegie Library Music Hall expected it either but as Jamey Johnson fans we never know what the dude’s got planned.
Seeing as he did a tribute album last to Hank Cochran (Livin’ for a Song) and recorded “Set “em Up Joe” the morning after Vern Gosdin died and included it on his Guitar Songs album since he thought it important to record one of his idols song the morning after his passing, it should have come as no surprise that he opened his set on Saturday night with “High Cost of Living” and then what seemed like an entire catalogue of George Jones hits.
“Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes”, “He Stopped Lovin’ Her Today”, “Bartender”….I counted at least eight George Jones classics.
The songs were great because few can sing Ol’ Possum songs like Jamey but, the problem for me was that after a while it seemed like a eulogy that went on maybe a song or two too long.
True to form, Jamey never said a word to the audience (that was audible) and did give the Max Talbot “shhh” to the fans who were calling out requests.
All in all for a Saturday night of ball caps, rednecks and country music fans of all ages, it was classic Jamey Johnson. For all I know he may still be playing.
And the fact that he remembered George Jones like he did….priceless.
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