Columbus, OH, The Basement, August 11, 2009


Written by: Amanda Sabol


Despite tornado activity and torrential downpours, country music fans filled Riverbend Music Riverbend Music Center for the first County Throwdown Tour which featured outlaw country artist, Jamey Johnson.


Johnson took the stage sporting a cast from his fingertips to elbow on his right side which seemed to make playing the guitar quite a task. In typical fashion, Jonson started his set with, “High Cost of Living,” a great single from his “That Lonesome Song” album that has dark lyrics and cautions about the danger of the costs of getting high. He went on to play three songs from his new album, I’m assuming his new album, because Jamey keeps the talking to a limit and just goes on singing.


Heidi Newfield, a down-ticket performer, joined Johnson onstage to sing two songs. One of the greatest highlights of the night was the duo singing, “Are you sure Hank Done It This Way,” a Waylon Jennings cover. Johnson finished the show with his “In Color” and “Give it Away,” a song that he wrote, and made popular by the iconic George Strait.


Watching Johnson perform is truly a breath of fresh air for traditional country music fans. He doesn’t fit the prepackaged mold of artists that have recently been coming out of Nashville and when he performs, it’s all about the music, not theatrics. Despite having a cast on, Jamey still put on a great show for fans at the County Throwdown.

Jamey Johnson
Jamey Johnson