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The Dollar

The Dollar

January 31, 2006

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Product Details

  • Label: BNA Records Label
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  • Total Length: 41:39
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  • ASIN: B001VW721G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,129 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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I would highly recommend his music and this cd.
Katherine A Tindell
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.
DanD
This is a really good album, interesting to see how he just gets better and better with every album.
zelmo

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13 of 14 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Yap TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 5, 2006
Format: Audio CD
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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2 of 2 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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