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Jamey Johnson, ‘Living for a Song’ Exclusive Album Preview (WATCH)

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In a relatively short span of time, singer-songwriter Jamey Johnson has cultivated a reputation as a country-music trailblazer. Unafraid to walk the road less traveled, Jamey has stayed rooted in traditional country music and true to himself as an artist, with little regard for commercial viability — although the CMA award winner has certainly enjoyed his fair share of critical acclaim and commercial success.

The same could also be said of iconic songwriter Hank Cochran, who penned hundreds of hit songs in his lifetime while remaining fiercely true to his artistry. His success in both the country and pop music worlds has seen his tunes recorded in every decade since the 1960s. The latest collection of Cochran’s unforgettable compositions, an entire album on which Jamey performs Hank tunes with a dazzling array of his fellow contemporary artists, is more than just a loving tribute. It’s a true testament to the lasting legacy of Hank Cochran, who died in 2010, but who managed to personally offer Jamey a lifetime worth of invaluable inspiration and encouragement.

In this star-packed video, premiering exclusively on The Boot, Jamey is joined by many of the artists with whom he duets on the album, as they share their thoughts on why Hank Cochran’s catalog of tunes remains relevant today, in spite of ever-changing tastes in country music. The clip also features dozens of photos of Hank with many of the artists on the album, in addition to photos of the Mississippi-born songwriter with his family and friends.

Jamey Johnson’s Living for a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran will be released on Tuesday, Oct. 16.

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Living for a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran track listing:

“Make the World Go Away,” with Alison Krauss
“I Fall to Pieces,” with Merle Haggard
“A Way to Survive,” with Vince Gill and Leon Russell
“Don’t Touch Me,” with Emmylou Harris
“You Wouldn’t Know Love,” with Ray Price
“I Don’t Do Windows,” with Asleep at the Wheel
“She’ll Be Back,” with Elvis Costello
“Would These Arms Be in Your Way”
“The Eagle,” with George Strait
“A-11,” with Ronnie Dunn
“I’d Fight the World,” with Bobby Bare
“Don’t You Ever Get Tired of Hurting Me,” with Willie Nelson
“This Ain’t My First Rodeo,” with Lee Ann Womack
“Love Makes a Fool of Us All,” with Kris Kristofferson
“Everything But You,” with Vince Gill, Willie Nelson and Leon Russell
“Living for a Song,” with Hank Cochran, Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson

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