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Jamey Johnson Honors Country Classics of Hank Cochran

Jamey Johnson

Since I received my copy of Jamey Johnson’s ‘Living For A Song: A Tribute To Hank Cochran,’ I have probably listened to it at least four times. Cochran’s name may not be familiar to your average country fan, but once you see the titles he’s written, you will realize that you do know this man!

Respected and admired as one of the greatest Country songwriters of all-time, Hank Cochran’s list of Country Classics include George Strait’s ‘The Chair,’ Patsy Cline’s ‘She’s Got You,’ Eddy Arnold’s ‘Make The World Go Away,’ Jeannie Seely’s (his ex-wife) ‘Don’t Touch Me,’ Ronnie Milsap’s ‘Don’t You Ever Get Tired Of Hurting Me’ and on and on.

Cochran passed in 2010, but his songs will live on forever embedded into the hearts and ears of Classic Country artists and fans. Highlights of the tribute album include duets with Alison Krauss on ‘Make The World Go Away,’ Emmylou Harris on ‘Don’t Touch Me,’ and Lee Ann Womack on Vern Gosdin’s ‘This Ain’t My First Rodeo.’

Passionate Country Music fans will want this album just for the fact that Johnson included duets with several legends that are still ‘alive and kickin!’ Willie Nelson, 79, Merle Haggard, 75, Kris Kristofferson, 76, Bobby Bare, 77, and Ray Price, 86, make this album a treasure that needs to be included in any collection of Country Music recordings. Furthermore, it might be a great way to introduce modern music fans to the great foundation that built this massive empire of the Country Music business.

This is as ‘real’ as Country Music gets! I hope it sells a million copies and Johnson is so inspired he’ll continue this idea with tributes to other great writers like Bill Anderson, Harlan Howard, Hank Williams, Sr., Bob McDill, Dallas Frazier, and Tom T. Hall.

By the way, if you enjoy Classic Country music, tune in every Sunday Morning 6-9am for WGNA’s Sunday Morning Classic Country Hall of Fame Show.

Watch Jamey Johnson and Alison Krauss Perform ‘Make The World Go Away’

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