JAMEY JOHNSON TO RELEASE HANK COCHRAN
TRIBUTE ALBUM ON OCTOBER 16
Award-winning singer/songwriter Jamey Johnsonn is joined by some of the greatest names in country music on his new album, Livin' For a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran, that is set for an Oct. 16 release.
In an homage befitting an American master who had songs on the country charts for nearly half a century, the Buddy Cannon-produced album will be available first on vinyl beginning Sept. 25.
Cochran, who died at age 74 in 2010, is considered one of the greatest songwriters in the history of country music. He helped create the template for writing the perfect country song and had an uncanny knack for capturing the gut-wrenching depths of heartache so powerfully, yet so simply.
"If I had to dream up somebody like Hank to influence songwriters, I couldn't have done a better job," Johnson says. "That's what he was-- not just for me, but for Willie and for a lot of people--just a helpful friend. If he knew you needed help with something, he could help you. He was there. And that's what I want to be for the people in my life, same as Hank. He influenced me, not only as an artist and songwriter, but also as a person."
On Livin' For a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran, Johnson and Willie Nelson sing "Don't You Ever Get Tired of Hurting Me," and the duo is joined by Leon Russell and Vince Gill on "Everything But You." "Well, really, when you start talking about songwriters, you've got to say his name first," says Nelson. "Then you start talking about everybody else. I think everybody would agree that Hank was the best writer up there."
Johnson, Nelson, Merle Haggard and Kris Kristofferson sing "Living for a Song," a poignant recording that includes Cochran's voice. "Hank's ability to perform comes across right there," Haggard says of the song he describes as "our life on paper, music." He says, "I mean, he's in there with some of the best singers in the world and he gets it across better."
Johnson teams with Haggard on the Patsy Cline 1961 hit "I Fall to Pieces." Says Haggard, "It's important historically for people to know who Hank Cochran was and what he did. He always wanted to be the Hemingway of country music and I think he did it."
"Make the World Go Away" - Jamey Johnson and Alison Krauss
"I Fall to Pieces" - Jamey Johnson and Merle Haggard
"A Way to Survive" - Jamey Johnson, Vince Gill and Leon Russell
"Don't Touch Me" - Jamey Johnson and Emmylou Harris
"You Wouldn't Know Love" - Jamey Johnson and Ray Price
"I Don't Do Windows" - Jamey Johnson and Asleep at the Wheel
"She'll Be Back" - Jamey Johnson and Elvis Costello
"Would These Arms Be in Your Way" - Jamey Johnson
"The Eagle" - Jamey Johnson and George Strait
"A-11" - Jamey Johnson and Ronnie Dunn
"I'd Fight the World" - Jamey Johnson and Bobby Bare
"Don't You Ever Get Tired of Hurting Me" - Jamey Johnson and Willie Nelson
"This Ain't My First Rodeo" - Jamey Johnson and Lee Ann Womack
"Love Makes a Fool of Us All" - Jamey Johnson and Kris Kristofferson
"Everything But You" - Jamey Johnson, Vince Gill, Willie Nelson and Leon Russell
"Livin' for a Song" - Jamey Johnson, Hank Cochran, Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson
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