Acclaimed country singer/songwriter Jamey Johnson scored huge hits with his 2008 album "That Lonesome Song" and its follow-up, 2010's "The Guitar Song." He'll no doubt be performing plenty of songs from those albums Friday when he plays the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg.
Johnson has been one of the most popular and most respected voice in country music in recent years. He earned a platinum album for "That Lonesome Song" and gold for "The Guitar Song." His songs, "Give It Away" and "In Color," were both named Song of the Year by the Academy of County Music and by the Country Music Association. He's also been nominated for Grammy Awards five times.
Last year, Johnson released his fourth studio album, a duet tribute album to late songwriter Hank Cochran. The Grammy-nominated "Living for a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran" paired him with Willie Nelson, Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris, Ray Price, Elvis Costello, George Strait, Vince Gill and Merle Haggard.
Opening for Johnson is Chris Hennessee. His music has been described as "Southern country blues," with influences from classic southern rock (The Marshall Tucker Band, the Allman Brothers Band) and the country music of Merle Haggard and Billy Joe Shaver.
Details: 8 p.m. Jan. 17, Mahaffey Theater, 401 First St. S., St. Petersburg. Tickets: $29.50, $39.50, $49.50. Information: 727-892-5767, www.themahaffey.com.
-- Marty Clear