NASHVILLE, TN (BNA Records) - BNA Records newcomer Jamey Johnson
will release his debut album The Dollar, on January 31, 2006. Spearheading the album is the self-penned title track which is top 30 and climbing on the country singles charts.
Born and raised just outside of Montgomery, AL, Jamey moved to Nashville on Y2K to chase his dream. Jamey recalls, 'That was the day that everything was supposed to stop and I decided if the world is gonna come crashing down, then I'm going to Nashville to write and sing about it.'
To pay the bills while singing in clubs and recording demos, Jamey worked as a salesman for a sign company, worked for an industrial pumping company and had his own construction firm restoring places destroyed by fires, tornadoes and hurricanes. It was returning from a job during Hurricane Ivan that Jamey wrote his debut single, 'The Dollar.'
The poignant song is a look through the eyes of a child that asks where does daddy go when he leaves home every day. The child's mother says daddy has a job and they pay him for his time, to which the child empties his piggy bank of change and wonders how much time will this buy me with daddy.
The song was inspired by his daughter while on the job. Jamey remembers, 'I thought I was going to be in Mobile/Pensacola for a few weeks, but it turned out to be a couple of months. She was just a baby at the time, but I sure missed her, and it got me to thinking about how do you explain being gone so long and so much to a child? And that's how the song was born.'
While 'The Dollar,' is one aspect of Jamey's singing and songwriting, he begs, 'I don't want to be pigeon-holed.' With musical influences like Alabama, both Hanks, Keith Whitley, Vern Gosdin and The Allman Brothers, to name a few, Jamey's music is as broad as that of his own musical heroes. 'We do soft and sweet, but I love to burn the house down, too,' he says.
With the upcoming release of The Dollar, years of hard work and persistence pursuing 'a dream,' are now just two months away. 'This has been my dream since I picked up that first guitar when I was a kid. You know, Montgomery is only about 4 ½ hours from Nashville by car, but by guitar, it's about 5 years.'