Jamey Johnson brings his unique sounds to Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic in the historic Fort Worth Stockyards.¬† The Alabama native who has rocketed to Nashville stardom was in the lineup at last year’s Willie’s Picnic and Country Throwdown, so inviting him back was “a no-brainer” said Concho Minick, president of Billy Bob’s Texas, producer of Willie’s Picnic.
Jamey Johnson is a lover of classic country sounds, and began singing at a young age, but it was his songwriting skills that gained immediate attention in the Country Music industry.¬† He won awards for 2005‚Äôs “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk,” which Jamey co-wrote for Trace Adkins. In the spring of 2007, the Academy of Country Music gave Jamey a Song of the Year award for co-writing the George Strait hit “Give It Away,” and the Country Music Association did the same later that year.
Mercury Records issued his album¬†That Lonesome Song¬†in the summer of 2008, and the collection was universally hailed as a masterwork.¬†Rolling Stone,¬†The New York Times,¬†The Wall Street Journal,¬†The Washington Post,¬†Esquire¬†and¬†The Los Angeles Times¬†are just a few of the major publications that sang its praises.
The disc led to invitations from Willie Nelson to play Farm Aid and Willie’s Picnic and in April 2009, the album earned Jamey a Gold Record. The set‚Äôs “In Color” was named the Song of the Year by both the ACM and the CMA. During 2009 and 2010, Jamey collected five Grammy Award nominations.
Other artists at this year’s Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic include:¬† Stoney LaRue, Ray Price, Corey Smith, Billy Joe Shaver, Asleep at the Wheel, Willie’s Family (Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real, Amy Nelson and Cathy Guthrie-Folk Uke, and Paula Nelson and the Guilty Pleasures).¬† Additional artists and surprise guests are being added.
This year’s Willie’s Picnic will feature 3 stages of entertainment and again be held in the air-conditioned comfort of Billy Bob’s and outside in the comfortably landscaped Rodeo Plaza.¬† Tickets to Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic are $35 in advance, $45 at the gate, available at Billy Bob’s Texas817-624-7117¬†or online¬†www.billybobstexas.com.