CHESTER, W.Va. - Award-winning country singer/songwriter Jamey Johnson makes his return to the Ohio Valley for a one-night performance Saturday, Oct. 13.
Johnson will take the stage at Mountaineer Casino Racetrack & Resort's The Harv for an 8 p.m. show.
The concert is set for three days prior to the release of Johnson's latest album, "Living for a Song A Tribute to Hank Cochran."
The album, currently available on vinyl and available everywhere Oct. 16, is a collection of 16-songs written by the late Hank Cochran. Johnson partners with country greats like Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, George Strait and Emmylou Harris, among others.
This will mark Johnson's fifth studio release and third since joining Mercury Nashville in 2008.
It's also Johnson's first full-length release since the 25-song, double album known as "The Guitar Song" dropped in 2010.
"The Guitar Song" was nominated for a Grammy, as was its single Macon.
Johnson has twice won country single of the year for both that Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association awards.
The first came in 2007 when Johnson won for his songwriting credits on George Strait's record 51st number one single, "Give it Away."
Later, the Johnson penned, and sung, "In Color" won both in 2009.
While Johnson has never authored and sung a No. 1. hit, his six released singles have experienced success on the country charts, with "In Color" reaching a peak of No. 9.
"In Color" was the featured track on the 2008 release "That Lonesome Song," which was universally hailed as a masterwork by such publications as Rolling Stone, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Esquire and The Los Angeles Times.
Willie Nelson also invited Johnson to play Farm Aid.
He toured with country titan Hank Williams Jr. and was one of the few country acts asked to play the massive Bonnaroo festival in June 2010.
Johnson's live performances seldom are filled to the brim with toe-tapping, upbeat numbers.
The bearded baritone is at his best on slower numbers that enable Johnson to feature his songwriting and the emotion the lyrics, coupled with the sound, elicit in the audience.
A Jamey Johnson live performance is about the experience, the show in general and the music in particular.
As Jamboree in the Hills fans can attest after taking in past performances, Johnson is going to play what he wants to play and it's hard to get him to veer from his set list.
Fortunately, his set list is generally a well-crafted mixture of originals and timeless classics of some of the Alabama-native's country music heroes.
Johnson will routinely cover Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson Vern Gosdin, Haggard and Cochran.
Tickets are general admission by section and start at just $20. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at MOREatMountaineer.com, etix.com, at Mountaineer's players club or by calling 800-80-40-HOT Ext. 8297.