Jamey Johnson gigs in Southwest Virginia are getting to be an annual thing. The country music performer played Harvester Performance Center in 2016, then Salem Civic Center the following two years.
Johnson’s 2019 appearance in these parts is set for Thursday at Dr Pepper Park.
The Alabama-bred singer and songwriter brings a no-frills stage show. With his kind of band, full of deeply skilled players, no frills is a good thing. He had 11 people, including horn players and a red hot pedal steel player in “Cowboy” Eddie Long, to extend the jams on such numbers as “In Color,” “Give It Away,” “High Cost of Living” and “Between Jennings and Jones.”
“Give It Away” is his best-known song, a No. 1 country hit for George Strait more than a decade ago. Johnson, who co-wrote it, shared 2007’s song of the year at both the ACM and CMA awards shows for it. Johnson also co-wrote his own country top 10 single, “In Color,” which swept the same awards two years later.
One of Johnson’s band members, Chris Hennessee, will open the show. Johnson gave Hennessee the spotlight during the June 2018 show at Salem, and Hennessee sang “Gospel Songs,” from recent album “Ramble.” Natalie Stovall, a singer and fiddler who competed on “The Voice” in 2017, is first on the bill.