Jamey Johnson to play benefit at Fine Line Friday


So you're a hipster who hates country music but loves Waylon Jennings. Despises Keith Urban and Toby Keith but digs on Cash. Thinks Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift can burn in a pyre of blonde extensions and Auto-tune processors but thinks Loretta in her black wigs and crooked teeth is just the gol-darned bee's knees. Has never heard of Montgomery Gentry but knows enough about Bobbie Gentry to know no one's looked hotter in polyester.

I know you, and we both know modern country probably doesn't hold a heck of a lot for you. Now enter Jamey Johnson.


Jamey Johnson, proclaimed outlaw of modern country (perhaps more for his long beard, long hair and recluse demeanor than for his actual music but hey, we'll take what we can get), will be in town tomorrow night to play a benefit for Vikings' Defensive End Jared Allen's Homes 4 Wounded Warriors, a non-profit that raises money to build or modify homes of severely injured military veterans so that they are handicap accessible and comfortable (Fineline Music Cafe, Friday 12/3 8:00, $69).

Himself a former Marine, the award-winning songwriter's critically-acclaimed 25-song double album The Guitar Song, released earlier this year, debuted at Number One on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and Number Four on the Billboard 200. From that album, the Matthew McConaughey-directed video for "Playing the Part":

Note also: one of Johnson's first gigs was opening for David Allan Coe (who just announced a stop at Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill on Janury 13), and he co-wrote (with Randy Houser) the Trace Adkins hit "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk."

I s'pose all this a country outlaw makes, when it's 2010. Okay then.