Why Are Jamey Johnson & Ron White On This Album Cover?
Well because they’re fans of The Likely Culprits, of course.
Who are The Likely Culprits? It’s a crew of seven all-star band members and session musicians who comprise some of the most highly-regarded pickers and singers in the country music business. And after forming loosely nearly a decade ago simply as a group of friends getting together to make music for themselves, they started doing gigs at The Station Inn in Nashville on a semi regular basis in 2011. Now after feeling like they have an established fan base, they’ve just released a debut album of covers and classics for their semi-rabid fans that include Jamey Johnson, who is often seen in the Station Inn crowd when they perform.
“It was a dream because they are truly six of my best friends of my whole life,” says Melonie Cannon, who along with being a solo artist, is regularly seen on stage with Jamey Johnson singing harmony vocals. She’s also performed with Willie Nelson and others (and is the daughter of Willie Nelson / Jamey Johnson producer Buddy Cannon). “We always say that if people could feel what we feel when we get to sing and make music together, they would be happier. It is like getting together to give the united part of us. When you get to make music with people you love, it is just special.”
Along with Melonie Cannon, The Likely Culprits include:
Ronnie Bowman – An award-winning country and bluegrass songwriter and bluegrass artist, Bowman has won the IBMA’s Male Vocalist Award three times and won its Song of the Year twice for “Three Rusty Nails” and “Cold Virginia Night.” In addition to penning No. 1 hits for Brooks & Dunn and Kenny Chesney, he wrote three songs on Chris Stapleton’s multi-platinum album, Traveller, including the Academy of Country Music’s Song of the Year, “Nobody to Blame.”
Deanie Richardson – One of the most respected bluegrass and country fiddle players in Nashville, performing with artists such as Patty Loveless, Vince Gill, The Chieftains, Emmylou Harris, Bob Seger, Ry Cooder, Hank Williams Jr., Travis Tritt, Marty Stuart and many more.
Brandon Bostic – An acoustic and electric guitar and dobro player in bluegrass, country and Americana. He’s performed in Grammy winner Valerie Smith’s Liberty Pike Band and is a member of the Patty Loveless band. Brandon won an IBMA Award for Gospel Recorded Performance for “Speakin’ to That Mountain” as part of the Becky Buller Band.
Ashby Frank – A roots music vocalist and mandolin player who has recently toured with Mountain Heart, Chris Jones and the Night Drivers, and Jerry Douglas’s Earls of Leicester. In addition to performing with Special Consensus, Michael Cleveland, Ilse DeLange and many others, he has written four Top 5 hits, including “The Story of the Day That I Died,” which was recorded by Junior Sisk and nominated for IBMA Song of the Year.
Garnet Imes Bowman – Starting her music career in Nashville as a session singer, Garnet quickly became a “go to” for top country producers and artists alike. She has worked with Buddy Cannon, and her vocals have been heard in the company of countless artists for studio projects and live shows, including Kenny Chesney, Lee Ann Womack, Chris Stapleton, Dierks Bentley and others.
Austin Ward – One of the most sought-after bass players in Nashville. He’s toured with Kenny and Amanda Smith, and the award-winning band Mountain Heart.
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When it came to shoot the album cover, they knew Jamey Johnson needed to be involved. So he was brought in to be the curly-haired judge for the shoot at the Cheatham County Courthouse north and west of Nashville. When Johnson got the call, he responded, ‘You are going to need a lawyer,’ and to everyone’s surprise, brought comedian Ron White along with him. Buddy Cannon, who produced the record, acts as the bailiff, while The Likely Culprits appear in prison onesies, awaiting judgement.
Some of the songs included on the album are Brandy Clark’s “Get High,” Matraca Berg’s “Your Husband’s Cheating on Us,” Willie Nelson’s “Gravedigger,” and Bonnie Raitt’s “Papa Come Quick.” The album was released as a joint venture between Euphony Records and Jamey Johnson’s Big Gassed Records.
“Having known most of them since I first moved to Nashville nearly 20 years ago, I love the Likely Culprits like family and I’m quite proud to have them on my label,” says Jamey Johnson. “I hope you enjoy their new album as much as I do.”
October 2, 2019 @ 11:19 am
Jamie should make a new damn album already, it’s been years
October 2, 2019 @ 11:35 am
Was his last album the Hank Cochran covers? That seems like ages ago.
October 2, 2019 @ 1:03 pm
that was 2012
Strait Country 81
October 2, 2019 @ 7:52 pm
So the readers on here can say they’d rather listen to Isbell cause Jamey ani’t on his level.
October 2, 2019 @ 8:12 pm
Nosir. So the readers on here like myself can listen to some new goddamn music from Jamey Johnson at long fucking last. Shit. It ain’t too much to ask after hell, what’s it been….close to a damn decade?
October 2, 2019 @ 11:34 am
I like the two songs you showcased, especially “Your Husband’s Cheating On Us”. An interesting song topic that I can’t recall hearing before. Definitely an album I’ll be listening to in full. Thank you for the recommendation.
October 2, 2019 @ 1:53 pm
To follow up with my original comment, and after listening to the album in full, this is a great listen. I enjoy the alternating male and female vocals. The standout songs for me are “Gravedigger”, “Your Husband’s Cheating On Us”, and “Where You Are”.
October 6, 2019 @ 2:23 am
Your Husband is cheating on us… was also done by Trisha Yearwood on her Prize fighter album(which is oddly most of her famous hits, re-recorded), it was co-written by Matraca Berg, Marshall Chapman, Jill McCorkle / very funny song.
October 2, 2019 @ 12:34 pm
I wanna start by saying that I found your site 18 months ago in my Google news feed. Being a big classic country music fan I was quickly hooked. I’ve been a long time reader; first time commenter.
I have been introduced to so much great country music since then. I learned about Tyler Childers here for God’s sake. This site is a treasure and Trigger you do an awesome job man. The volume of output is amazing for a one man show. I tell everyone I know to check out your site.
And yeah, Jamey Johnson really does need to put out another album. I never bet tired of hearing his voice. As a Marine vet I feel a strong connection to him. I also play guitar and sing a little.
Anyway, thanks for this great site, thanks to all of the commenters even if they are a little ornery sometimes.
October 2, 2019 @ 12:46 pm
Glad you found the site and thanks for reading!
October 2, 2019 @ 2:14 pm
Thank you for your service. My son is a 4-year Marine Corp veteran.
October 2, 2019 @ 9:14 pm
Your son is a fine, brave man for serving. Semper Fi!
Sir Adam the Great
October 2, 2019 @ 5:22 pm
BTW, ‘Gravedigger’ was written and recorded by Dave Matthews first.
October 2, 2019 @ 5:49 pm
‘Your Husband’s Cheating on Us’ is an almost note for note arrangement of Trisha Yearwood’s version on Prizefighter.
October 2, 2019 @ 9:21 pm
As a big fan of Trisha Yearwood, I appreciate that you heard this and know the song from her, but we arranged this song in 2011 exactly the way it is on the record and have been performing it that way since then.
I think what you’re hearing is the similarities both tracks have to Matraca Berg’s original cut of it. We’re obviously big fans of hers too.
Thanks for listening to our music!
Thanks for listening!
October 3, 2019 @ 7:33 am
Aha! That’s where I originally heard that tune! Now you filled it in for me. I caught Matreca Berg a few years ago doing a songwriter round performance with Gretchen Peters and Suzy Boguss. Matreca busted this tune out that night and we all loved it. Man that Matreca is something! And she’s married to Jeff Hanna of NGDB, to boot. Talk about a talented household!
Anyhow, Garnet really nails it, amazing. Love to catch yall live.
October 2, 2019 @ 6:36 pm
The sampler tracks are great! I will go look for the album.
Thanks for bringing this group to my attention, Trigger.
October 2, 2019 @ 9:27 pm
I know this was inadvertent, but this article failed to mention of the accolades of the great Ronnie Bowman who is one of the five singers in The Likely Culprits.
Ronnie has been IBMA male vocalist of the year several times, and has had many songs recorded by other artists including Dan Seals, Lee Ann Womack, Kenny Chesney, Brooks and Dunn, and ACM Song of the Year “Nobody to Blame” with Chris Stapleton.
Thanks so much for the article and coverage, Trigger. We really appreciate it!
October 2, 2019 @ 9:34 pm
Very sorry. Had a profile on Ronnie as well, and an inadvertent keystroke or something must have deleted it. Just found it in an earlier edit of the article and just updated it. Sorry again.
October 2, 2019 @ 11:18 pm
Not a problem at all. Thanks again for the virtual ink!
October 3, 2019 @ 6:51 am
So is this group like a Time Jumpers for bluegrass?
Thats why I so enjoy this blog. It allows me to learn about great country music even from New Hampshire!
October 3, 2019 @ 7:24 am
I had the same thought, sort of a bluegrass supergroup with an emphasis in country music. Pretty cool idea and well executed. Great band!
October 3, 2019 @ 9:20 am
Just a point to clarify, Gravedigger was written by Dave Matthews, Willie covered it.
October 3, 2019 @ 5:49 pm
I got the CD in the mail the other day, along with a slew of other new releases and sadly havent had a chance to unwrap and listen to any of them yet. This one just made its way to the top of my pile; I’ll be putting it on as soon as I get home.
November 16, 2019 @ 5:50 am
Just attended the second CD release gig at the Station Inn. After hearing these guys and girls, everyone should take notice. This one is special and awesome. Go get a copy.