Fast Facts

  • As a teen, he drank beer and played country songs at the grave of Hank Williams Sr.
  • Served eight years in the Marine Corps Reserves and was discharged the same week his unit was ordered to Iraq.
  • Moved to Nashville where he ran a construction business before finding success in country music.
  • Self-released his debut album, They Call Me Country, in 2002.
  • Signed with BNA records and released The Dollar in 2005. Shortly after the release, the label dropped him, he divorced his wife, and he spent a year in seclusion to write songs.
  • Cowrote George Strait's "Give It Away," which won both the ACM and CMA 2007 Song of the Year.
  • In 2009, received a Best Country Album Grammy nomination for That Lonesome Song.


  • 2009, CMT Music Awards — Breakthrough Video of the Year: Nominee


  • Kylee Johnson — Daughter
  • Amy — Ex-wife


  • Attended Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, Alabama, United States


  • Birth Place: Montgomery, Alabama, United States
  • Profession: Country-music singer, Songwriter, Reality Cast Member (Nashville)

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