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Jamey Johnson Duets Album Pays Tribute to Hank Cochran

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Jamey Johnson, whose 2010 double album, ‘The Guitar Song’ featured ‘Set Em Up, Joe,’ is putting the finishing touches on a duets tribute album to one of that song’s co-writers, the late Hank Cochran. CMT reports that the disc will pair him vocally with Ray Price, Willie Nelson, Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris, Elvis Costello, George Strait, Vince Gill and Merle Haggard, among others. Buddy Cannon, producer of the as-yet-untitled collection, notes that his part of the project should be finished by the end of next month. No release date has been set.

Hank Cochran wrote or co-wrote such hits as ‘I Fall to Pieces’ and ‘She’s Got You’ for Patsy Cline, George Strait’s ‘Ocean Front Property’ and ‘The Chair,’ and ‘Don’t Touch Me,’ which was recorded by several artists including Jeannie Seely (who was married to Cochran), Etta James and Ella Fitzgerald.

Meanwhile, on April 25, the world premiere of the documentary, ‘Hank Cochran: Livin’ for a Song’ will take place during the Nashville Film Festival. The film, covering the songwriter’s life and career was directed by Wesley Pryor of Reel Cool Films and written and edited by the film’s producer, Greg Welsch. Singer Jeff Bates, who, like Cochran, was born in Mississippi, narrates the film. Hank Cochran was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1974. He died in 2010 at age 74.

Jamey will next be heard on the Willie Nelson album, ‘Heroes,’ due out May 15.

Watch George Strait’s ‘The Chair’ Video


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