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Johnson signed to BNA Records in April of 2005. It wasnt long after, that he and producer Buddy Cannon were in the studio cutting songs for his debut album, The Dollar. With the upcoming release of The Dollar, years of hard work and persistence pursuing a dream, are coming to reality. This has been my dream since I picked up that first guitar when I was a kid. You know, Montgomery is only about 4 hours from Nashville by car, but by guitar, its about 5 years. Sony & BMG. 2006

With a distinct, identifiable vocal snarl and the ability to write songs without constantly using half a dozen Music Row collaborators, Alabama native Jamey Johnson forcefully asserts his neotraditional bent on "The Dollar," a beautifully crafted high-impact cautionary about the modern conundrum of work versus family. His skill at delivering with utter clarity and lack of artifice enhances every performance, as he reinvents the timeless lost-love-and-redemption ballad with "Flying Silver Eagle" and on "My Saving Grace" thoughtfully counsels perseverance despite an alcoholic father. The generic "redneck" ditties currently in vogue get their moments with "Rebelicious" and "Redneck Side of Me." They pale, however, alongside Johnson's admirable storytelling on "She's All Lady," his witty Honkytonkers Anonymous vibe on "Keepin' Up with the Jonesin'" (with a superfluous cameo by George Jones) and the moving "Back to Caroline." The final surprise: a powerful gospel closer, "Lead Me Home." Debuts suffer if an artist lacks confidence or faces mediocre production and material. Those aren't issues for Johnson, who delivers refreshingly straight and honest. --Rich Kienzle

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  • Audio CD (January 31, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Bna Entertainment
  • ASIN: B000DZ7YDI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,048 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By DanD VINE VOICE on March 15, 2006
Format: Audio CD
When I first heard "The Dollar" on the radio, I was floored. Not only by the touching lyrics, but also by the traditional sound. I could tell that the guy singing it had a deep love for traditional country music, and was someone who stayed true to his roots. After listening to this album, I still say all that.

THE DOLLAR is a great traditional country record. Sure, there are the contemporary "redneck anthems"--"Rebelicious," "Redneck Side of Me," even to an extent "Keepin' Up With the Jonesin"--but they are still better than a lot of their cousin songs. Johnson's true country gift, however, comes across in other ways. The enjoyable "Flying Silver Eagle" is one of the countriest songs I've heard in a long time ("I couldn't put my past behind me, so I put it in a song"). "She's All Lady" is a touching tribute to the woman at home, and "Back to Carolina" is a powerful number. "My Saving Grace" is an ode to the power of blood over alcohol ("Daddy passed out with his demons, Mama passed the offering plate...Daddy kept the Devil off my back by taking up His time"). The CD ends with the stirring and inspirational gosel number "Lead Me Home."

Jamey Johnsom, from all appearances, seems the direct musical descendent of George Jones, Hank Jr., Merle Haggard, Waylon, and others--he's a traditional-leaning artist with what may come off as attitude, but what is really, in fact, simple honesty. THE DOLLAR is one of the best country albums I've heard in a long time. Yes, yes, he's the guy who co-wrote "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk," but for true die-hard country fans, Johnson is more likely to be remembered for the tunes he recorded here...and any more he gets the chance to record in his career.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Yap TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 5, 2006
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Prime Cuts: The Dollar, My Saving Grace, She's All Lady

Country music, thanks to artists like Johnson, is not about empty gestures or fleeting thrills. Rather, it goes to heart under girded with a strong moral cincture. Just like Randy Travis' "Three Wooden Crosses" and Blake Shelton's "Austin," "The Dollar" is a momentous song for Johnson. A heart revivifying tale about a son trying to buy his work saturated father with his dollar note. This is heart wrenching and it serves as wake up call to all fathers who have lost the balance between work and home. The song's percolating back beat and Johnson's gruff baritone redeems it from being overtly mawkish or being a preachy soap box moralistic oratory. Though there's nothing quite as arresting as the title cut, Johnson's trump card is definitely country with an outlaw Hank Jr rowdy edge. Those who have bought Ray Scott's "My Kind of Music," will find great affinity here as this CD is also produced by Buddy Cannon.

Among the better cuts are the ballads. The piano-driven "She's All Lady" chronicles a less-than-fairy-tale-like romance between a church going damsel and a wild guitar man. With a winsome melody line and a big balladry type production, "She's All Lady" is fetching. Johnson, being a devout Christian, is not reticent in sharing his faith as evident in "My Saving Grace," a quieter, more acoustic reflection of perseverance and divine intervention over the woes of having an alcoholic father. "Lead Me Home," the album closer, is a full-fledged southern gospel number complete with a heavenly sounding choir.

However, this ex-marine does dabble with honky tonk Saturday night fun when he's not in church.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B.J. Carroll on April 22, 2006
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Let me say this is a COUNTRY music album sung by a COUNTRY music singer. This is way better than some of these new artist like Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts, and Big & Rich who call themselves country music singers. I had heard the song The Dollar and thought not bad but I could not have told you who was singing it. That was until I was on the internet one day searching for new country music songs and I happened across a man named Jamey Johnson and a song he had called Keeping Up With The Jonesin' featuring George Jones. Now I am the biggest George Jones fan you will ever come across so I had to check this song out. I was happily surprised with what I had found. I found it to be a very good traditional country song. I figured if the Possum himself would sing with this guy then he must be a true country singer. So I bought the album just based on the song Keeping Up With The Jonesin'. Let me be the first to say that Jamey is a breath of fresh air to country music. Every song on this album is worth listening to. If you like Waylon, George, Merle and those type of singers you will like Jamey very much. He sings about Women, Drinkin', and Church. In my opinion he sings about everything that is country. I can't believe I have not heard more from him on the radio. All his songs should be getting airplay. I have heard he wrote every song on this album and if that is true all I can say is wow. This is the best country music CD I have bought in years. I just can't say it enough. This is what true country music is all about. When his second album comes out I will be the first one in line to buy it. I hope Jamey goes on to have one hell of a career in the country music industry.
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