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Paul Allen
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Boca Raton, FL
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What has kept Jamey Johnson from being as big as Stapleton, Isbell and Simpson?
He burst onto the scene with ‘in color’ in 2008 and has seemed to have fallen off since then. Singer-songwriter country has evolved into the three artists listed above. Any idea why Johnson hasn’t capitalized on his ability?


TigerRanter
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Louisiana
Member since Feb 2005
5308 posts

re: What has kept Jamey Johnson from being as big as Stapleton, Isbell and Simpson?
He doesn't seem like the type who wants to be a big star.
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devils1854
Winthrop Fan
Nashville
Member since Aug 2014
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re: What has kept Jamey Johnson from being as big as Stapleton, Isbell and Simpson?
He started dating Allison Krauss, and that really changed his life. Stopped writing, and became kind of a homebody, but he did see the success of a Chris Stapleton, and that pissed him off. He's working on a album now.

***All of this is coming from a good friend of his that I know, and this guy is somewhat big on music row.


BLIZZAKE7
Notre Dame Fan
BRLA
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re: What has kept Jamey Johnson from being as big as Stapleton, Isbell and Simpson?
Stars In Alabama is so good


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PJinAtl
Auburn Fan
Atlanta
Member since Nov 2007
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re: What has kept Jamey Johnson from being as big as Stapleton, Isbell and Simpson?
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Stopped writing, and became kind of a homebody
Didn't he also claim last year that a concussion had messed him up and made it where he hadn't been able to focus on writing? Something about slipping on ice leaving a studio several years ago and hitting his head?


LSU alum wannabe
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Katy, TX
Member since Jan 2004
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re: What has kept Jamey Johnson from being as big as Stapleton, Isbell and Simpson?
I had a thread about him a while back or mentioned him in another? Basically asking the same question.

Response I got was that he was an a-hole and disliked by insiders. Don’t know if it’s true or just an “internet fact”?


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TU Rob
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Birmingham
Member since Nov 2008
8774 posts

re: What has kept Jamey Johnson from being as big as Stapleton, Isbell and Simpson?
He also had a falling out with his first record label. He sang about it in one of his songs, Between Jennings and Jones. I don't think he likes the "Recording Artist" lifestyle and business. Seems like a guy that's happiest writing and performing. I have all of his albums and most songs are pretty good. Just not a lot of widespread commercial success, but maybe that's not him. He guested on Dierks and Miranda Lambert's Bad Angel song too.


Paul Allen
Notre Dame Fan
Boca Raton, FL
Member since Nov 2007
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re: What has kept Jamey Johnson from being as big as Stapleton, Isbell and Simpson?
I didn’t know about his falling out with his first label


Agforlife
Texas A&M Fan
Somewhere in the Brazos Valley
Member since Nov 2012
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re: What has kept Jamey Johnson from being as big as Stapleton, Isbell and Simpson?
I don't know he's one of several artists who haven't received the recognition they deserve. I blame it on the state of pop country music and the dumbing down of the public in general. The masses just want a feel good bull shite song with a beat, not real music with smart lyrics and soul anymore and it's a shame.


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andwesway
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Zachary, LA
Member since Jun 2016
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re: What has kept Jamey Johnson from being as big as Stapleton, Isbell and Simpson?
He capitalized when he wrote Honky Tonk Badonkadonk. He probably made enough money off that song to build a swimming pool made of unicorn bones.


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PJinAtl
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re: What has kept Jamey Johnson from being as big as Stapleton, Isbell and Simpson?
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I didn’t know about his falling out with his first label
He's actually had a falling out with two record labels. The Dollar was released through BNA and had a falling out with/was dropped by them pretty much right after. That Lonesome Song, The Guitar Song, and Living for a Song were all released through Mercury Nashville. He then formed his own label (Big Gassed Records) and released a Christmas EP in 2014.


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PJinAtl
Auburn Fan
Atlanta
Member since Nov 2007
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re: What has kept Jamey Johnson from being as big as Stapleton, Isbell and Simpson?
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He capitalized when he wrote Honky Tonk Badonkadonk. He probably made enough money off that song to build a swimming pool made of unicorn bones.
Yup. Add to that Give It Away by Strait, and a couple of other Trace Adkins songs (Ladies Love Country Boys and one or two others) and his own material, he isn't hurting, that's for sure.

I loved his music and was lucky enough to see him on the Willie Nelson tour in 2011 I think it was. Would love to hear new stuff from him.


andwesway
LSU Fan
Zachary, LA
Member since Jun 2016
272 posts

re: What has kept Jamey Johnson from being as big as Stapleton, Isbell and Simpson?
I'm taking a little trip over to Biloxi in April to see Jamey Johnson and Cody Jinks at the Crawfish Festival. Should be a good show. I've seen each of them once in the past year. Both were great times.


Loubacca
LSU Fan
sittin on the dock of the bay
Member since Feb 2005
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re: What has kept Jamey Johnson from being as big as Stapleton, Isbell and Simpson?
The Last Cowboy is such a damn fine song


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el Gaucho
Southern Fan
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Member since Dec 2010
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re: What has kept Jamey Johnson from being as big as Stapleton, Isbell and Simpson?
He wouldn't wear skinny jeans and rap like those other posers


KLSU
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Sep 2003
6923 posts

re: What has kept Jamey Johnson from being as big as Stapleton, Isbell and Simpson?
He hasn't wrote or released a new song in like 6 years.


I love Jamey Johnson's music but you got to come out with new stuff to stay relevant.
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geauxbrown
LSU Fan
South Carolina
Member since Oct 2006
4717 posts

re: What has kept Jamey Johnson from being as big as Stapleton, Isbell and Simpson?
Booze


KajunKouyon
LSU Fan
White Castle, LA
Member since Jun 2012
1338 posts

re: What has kept Jamey Johnson from being as big as Stapleton, Isbell and Simpson?
While I love his music and the type of country singer he is, he is a straight up a-hole at every show I’ve been to over dumb shite. One guy forgot to turn his flash on his phone off and snapped a photo and he was literally about to jump off stage and try and fight this guy and proceeded to cuss him like a dog


Eighteen
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Member since Dec 2006
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re: What has kept Jamey Johnson from being as big as Stapleton, Isbell and Simpson?
Last show of his I went to he seemed like he didn’t GAF about anything. Walked out, started singing his first song pretty much immediately. Ran through the set, then walked off and lights turned up.

He’s talented, but bizarre


tilco
Auburn Fan
Mobile, AL
Member since Nov 2013
6408 posts

re: What has kept Jamey Johnson from being as big as Stapleton, Isbell and Simpson?
He has no new music but plenty of fricking excuses. Personally I’m tired of hearing him bitch and whine.


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