Jamey Johnson's Golden Guitar Song

12/17/2010
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Jamey Johnson's 25-song double album, The Guitar Song, has been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.

The effort also recently received two Grammy nominations including the prestigious Country Album of the Year.

"My dream already came true," he says. "All I ever wanted was just to get to ride around and sing country music. It's cool when things like that happen along the way. Because those are the things I never thought I could achieve. Whether or not it's gold or platinum or hell, diamond for that matter, it wouldn't surprise me anymore. I'll just keep doing what I do. I wake up every day and go play some more country music and have another drink."

The project also received a Grammy nomination in the category of Best Male Country Vocal Performance for the song "Macon." He received a third Grammy nomination in Best Country Collaboration with Vocals for "Bad Angels" with Dierks Bentley and Miranda Lambert.

"As an album, The Guitar Song is the collection of this journey," Johnson says. "It's one that goes all the way around. It starts off in a deep, dismal, dark place and ends up in a far better place. That's what has happened to me over the past several years. Something that started in a dark corner has ended up getting to be all over the country. I've seen some of the most beautiful places I've ever seen in my life the past several years and I wouldn't trade that for anything."

December has been a month of tremendous honors for Johnson. In addition to his Grammy nominations, his album has been prominently featured on numerous 2010 best-of lists and he was invited to pay musical tribute to one of his idols, Merle Haggard, at the Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C.

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