Living for a Song (2012) Hank Cochran's life was like a country song: He toiled away in orphanages and oil fields before making it as a singer-songwriter. And Nashville outlaw… 2012-10-16 Jamey Johnson Country Mercury Nashville
Music Review

Living for a Song (2012)

COUNTRY KING These covers capture Cochran's turmoil, but not necessarily his despair
COUNTRY KING These covers capture Cochran's turmoil, but not necessarily his despair
EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Oct 16, 2012; Lead Performance: Jamey Johnson; Genre: Country; Production: Mercury Nashville

Hank Cochran's life was like a country song: He toiled away in orphanages and oil fields before making it as a singer-songwriter. And Nashville outlaw Johnson captures that hardscrabble romanticism on these Cochran covers, especially the slow-burning duets ''Don't Touch Me'' (with Emmylou Harris) and ''Make the World Go Away'' (with Alison Krauss). Johnson occasionally lacks the depth of Cochran's bloodshot despair, but with guests like Kris Kristofferson and Merle Haggard, you can't blame him for not sounding sad in Living for a Song. B

Best Tracks:
Don't Touch Me
Make the World Go Away
Originally posted Oct 03, 2012 Published in issue #1228-1229 Oct 12, 2012 Order article reprints