Jamey Johnson To Release “21 Guns” Next Friday

Jamey Johnson country music
Charles Reagan Hackleman

Coming soon and just in time for Memorial Day weekend.

Jamey Johnson just announced that he’s releasing his first original solo single in nearly 10 years called “21 Guns,” a song he wrote in remembrance of all of the servicemen and women who have lost their lives while serving to protect the United States, on May 24th.

For many years, Johnson has chosen to focus on playing live shows as opposed to releasing his own music (he last put out a tribute album Living for a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran in 2012, over 10 years ago), but has collaborated with other artists and been featured on tons of other tribute albums for many years since that record.

One of the most talented artists in the genre, I know I speak for many fans when I say I can’t wait to hear all the new music he has coming. Johnson told People that he is planning to continue releasing new stuff:

“I wrote a song with Randy Houser, Dallas Davidson and Rob Hatch down in the Bahamas called ‘What a View.’

It is just a straight up-and-down traditional country song and sounds like something our heroes Dean Dillon and Hank Cochran would have written in the ’80s.”

In addition, Johnson will perform “21 Guns” as part of PBS’s National Memorial Day Concert on May 26th.

It’s a striking, somber tune about how Marines, as well as other members of the military, are not just heroes on the day they lose their life for the country, but rather the day they sign up and willingly commit to whatever outcome happens for the benefit and safety of all of us.

And seeing as Johnson is a former Marine himself, it’s a very personal song that was inspired after he had been to too many funerals for his friends:

“The new song ’21 Guns’ is coming on May 24th. I wrote it because I have gone to too many funerals of Marines I served with that were just too young. When they die young, you always remember them that way, which is unfair.

Guys that heroic that die that young deserve the right to grow old and they didn’t get to. But it is also being at those funerals and seeing their parents who seem much too young to have a child die in that way and wondering what must be going through their minds.

This song is the answer to that question.”

Definitely mark this one on the calendar:

The Alabam native will also hit the road soon on his What A View tour.

He’s been playing “21 Guns” quite a bit at live shows now, so you can check out one of those performances below to get a taste of what’s to come on the studio cut:

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A beer bottle on a dock