Jamey Johnson Album, 'Hank Cochran: Living for a Song' Due October 16
Jamey Johnson has set Oct. 16 as the release date of his latest album, Livin' for a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran. The 16-track collection, produced by Buddy Cannon and Dale Dodson, pairs Jamey with a host of other country greats, including Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Alison Krauss, Vince Gill, Leon Russell, Emmylou Harris, Kris Kristofferson, Lee Ann Womack and more. (See the complete track listing below.)
One of the most successful songwriters in country music, Hank Cochran was also a treasured mentor to artists such as Willie and Merle. His cut-to-the-heart lyrics and simple but indelible melodies helped his songs -- and the artists who recorded them -- cross over to unprecedented pop-chart success.
"If I had to dream up somebody like Hank to influence songwriters, I couldn't have done a better job," says Jamey. "That's what he was -- not just for me, but for Willie and for a lot of people -- just a helpful friend. If he knew you needed help with something, he could help you. He was there. And that's what I want to be for the people in my life, same as Hank. He influenced me, not only as an artist and songwriter, but also as a person."
Hank Cochran's impressive catalog of songs includes such standards as "I Fall to Pieces," and "She's Got You," both hits for Patsy Cline; "Make the World Go Away," a crossover smash for Eddy Arnold and "The Chair" and "Ocean Front Property," two of George Strait's greatest successes. Other artists who recorded his songs include George Jones, Elvis Presley, Elvis Costello, Ray