Jamey Johnson is completing a duets tribute album to songwriter Hank Cochran that will team him vocally with Ray Price, Willie Nelson, Bobby Bare, Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris, Elvis Costello, George Strait, Leon Russell, Vince Gill, Kris Kristofferson and Merle Haggard.
Inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1974, Cochran wrote or co-crafted such hits as “Make the World Go Away,” “I Fall to Pieces,” “She’s Got You,” “It’s Not Love (But It’s Not Bad),” “Ocean Front Property,” “The Chair,” “Don’t You Ever Get Tired of Hurtin’ Me,” “A Little Bitty Tear,” “Set ‘Em Up Joe,” “Don’t Touch Me,” “Why Can’t He Be You” and “That’s All That Matters to Me.”
Cochran died in 2010 at age 74.
Buddy Cannon, who’s producing the as-yet-untitled album, says his part of the project should be done by the end of April. A spokeswoman for Johnson’s label, Mercury Nashville, says no release date has been set.
This is turning out to be a big year for fans of Cochran’s music. The world premiere of the bio-documentary, Hank Cochran: Livin’ for a Song, will take place April 25 as part of the annual Nashville Film Festival.
The documentary, which covers Cochran’s entire life and career, was directed by Wesley Pryor of Reel Cool Films and written and edited by the film’s producer, Greg Welsch. The film is narrated by singer Jeff Bates.