Country singer/songwriter Jamey Johnson doesn't do anything in a hurry.

Country singer/songwriter Jamey Johnson doesn't do anything in a hurry.

The Alabama-born musician released his last album of original material, The Guitar Song, in 2010, filling in the six-year-and-counting gap with an EP of Christmas songs inauspiciously dubbed The Christmas Song (Johnson's prodigious songwriting talent doesn't quite carry over to the naming of his albums) and an unjustly slept upon covers LP, Living for a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran.

Johnson's tunes tend to unfold at a similarly leisurely pace, particularly on Living for a Song and the latter half of The Guitar Song, which centers on the stately, depressive "Thankful for the Rain" and its emotional and meteorological bookend, "Good Morning Sunrise."

Like Cochran, who penned hits for country royalty like Ray Price and Patsy Cline, Johnson has a no-nonsense way with words and a knack for wringing intense emotion from a few choice syllables. So even if his relatively meager output isn't going to earn the musician praises for his productivity, each song is crafted with a care that should help it endure long after he takes his final breath.