If you’re familiar with the Carter Family’s recording, Johnson and Krauss’ version is nothing like it.
While the Carter Family’s version features a series of claps and stomps, Johnson and Krauss’ takes on a softer, more intimate tone.
Some of the material on “The Guitar Song” traces how much his life has changed in recent years, a transformation that’s turned a struggling songwriter whose personal life was falling apart into an award-laden musician.
“I never thought I’d get to see the inside of a limousine,” he sings in “California Riots,” which he wrote with Lee Thomas Miller.
While not an official duo of any kind, the two seem to collaborate whenever possible.Dances a happy dance, promptly befriends the lead singer and exits one happy ape. For the video, Johnson happily strummed his guitar at one end of the dingy bar near the Hollywood and Highland complex while a fan directed the loopy action for strategically placed cameras — a fan named Matthew Mc Conaughey.If that doesn’t sound like much of a punch line, it’s because the scenario is no joke — just the whimsical story line for a music video being shot in Hollywood last week for country singer Jamey Johnson’s forthcoming single “Playing the Part.” The bouncy number is one of 25 songs on the Alabama singer-songwriter’s ambitious new double album, “The Guitar Song,” which entered Billboard’s country albums chart at No. Two years ago at the Academy of Country Music Awards ceremony in Las Vegas, the Texas actor flagged down Johnson’s publicist backstage, begging for an introduction to the rising country maverick.Later in the day, they presented the award for Best Production Design and Johnson did wear high heels.However, she appeared about the same height as Dornan.