Jamey Johnson Working on Commercial Pilot License

While you were putting on 40 pounds and watching Tiger King twice during the pandemic, Jamey Johnson was out there working towards earning his commercial pilot license. Apparently the songwriter has been flying to gigs fairly regularly while on tour over the last six years, studying the skill and training with others, logging over 500 hours of flight time, and performing multiple FAA “checkride” examinations in Alabama.

Jamey Johnson eventually earned his private pilot license with instrument ratings on single and multi engine planes. Then he spent much of the downtime during the pandemic studying to take the written portion to earn his commercial pilot license, which he eventually took and passed. At this point, all he has to do is pass another checkride, and he will officially be a commercial pilot.

But don’t expect to see him in the cockpit of your next United Airlines flight. It sounds like his commercial license will be used mostly for recreational purposes. “I may fly myself to vacations and whatever else I want to do. There’s always somewhere to go,” Johnson told AL.com recently. “I keep having this dream of loading up some fishing gear and taking an airplane out to Montana or Alaska or somewhere. Landing on the side of a river, go do some fly fishing or that sort of thing. Who knows? Maybe that dream will come true, too.”

But what many are wondering about is not what Jamey Johnson is doing in the sky, but what he might be doing in the studio. As for writing and recording any new music—especially after his steel guitar player “Cowboy” Eddie Long started some rumors last year that he’d been working on something new, Jamey Johnson answered definitively, “No, I don’t have anything in the works. I’m not doing anything. You know, right now I’m a touring musician. That’s what I do. Yeah, that’s what I enjoy.”

So there’s that. But Johnson continues to collaborate regularly with others. In fact, recently he was featured on a version of Townes Van Zandt’s “If I Need You” by Rachel Bradshaw (see below). Last year he collaborated on a Steel Woods song, and recorded a version of “To All The Girls” with Raul Malo. So Johnson does continue to work on new music. It’s just music for others.

Speaking of “Cowboy” Eddie Long, he tragically and unexpected lost his 25-year-old son Wyatt recently, and folks have been passing the Go Fund Me hat to help pay for final expenses.

And speaking of flying around on tour, Jamey Johnson has also just announced some select tour dates on a second round of acoustic shows with Randy Houser they’re calling the “Country Cadillac” tour (see tour poster below).

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