Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars11px11px11px11px[1]
American Songwriter3.5/5 stars11px11px11px11px[2]

Living for a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran is the fourth studio album by American country music singer Jamey Johnson. It was released in October 2012 via Mercury Nashville on both compact disc and LP record. The album is a tribute to songwriter Hank Cochran.[3]

Critical reception

Thom Jurek of Allmusic rated the album 4 stars out of 5, saying that "Johnson doesn't attempt to draw attention to himself, but instead, presents a series of excellent performances of Cochran's songs with himself as an anchor."[1] American Songwriter's Stephen Deusner rated it 3½ stars, saying that Johnson and the others involved "treat these songs gingerly, even going so far as to gently re-create the countrypolitan arrangements of the originals. If that makes the album sound overly familiar at times, it also means Johnson never strains to update these songs or argue for their relevance." He criticized the album's length, and thought that it could have used younger artists for variety. Along with strong critical acclaim, the album was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Country Album.

Track listing

No.TitleWriter(s)Guest vocalsLength
1."Make the World Go Away"Hank CochranAlison Krauss3:04
2."I Fall to Pieces"Cochran, Harlan HowardMerle Haggard4:42
3."A Way to Survive"Cochran, Moneen CarpenterVince Gill and Leon Russell3:02
4."Don't Touch Me"CochranEmmylou Harris3:17
5."You Wouldn't Know Love"Cochran, Dave KirbyRay Price2:43
6."I Don't Do Windows"CochranRay Benson of Asleep at the Wheel3:23
7."She'll Be Back"Cochran, Dale Dodson, Red LaneElvis Costello2:45
8."Would These Arms Be in Your Way"Cochran, Vern Gosdin, Lane 3:38
9."The Eagle"Cochran, Lane, Mack VickeryGeorge Strait3:10
10."A-11"CochranRonnie Dunn2:20
11."I'd Fight the World"Cochran, Joe AlisonBobby Bare3:25
12."Don't You Ever Get Tired (Of Hurting Me)"CochranWillie Nelson5:08
13."This Ain't My First Rodeo"Cochran, Gosdin, Max D. BarnesLee Ann Womack3:21
14."Love Makes a Fool of Us All"Cochran, Glenn MartinKris Kristofferson3:14
15."Everything but You"Cochran, Willie NelsonVince Gill, Willie Nelson, Leon Russell3:34
16."Living for a Song"Cochran, Bo Roberts, David James HolsterHank Cochran, Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson3:12
Total length:53:58


  • Bobby Bare – vocals on "I'd Fight the World"
  • Ray Bensonelectric guitar and vocals on "I Don't Do Windows"
  • Zeneba Bowers – violin
  • Jim "Moose" Brown – acoustic guitar, piano
  • Buddy Cannonupright bass, background vocals
  • Melonie Cannon – background vocals
  • Jim Chapman – background vocals
  • Hank Cochran – vocals on "Living for a Song"
  • Elvis Costello – vocals on "She'll Be Back"
  • Chad Cromwelldrums
  • Dennis Crouch – upright bass
  • Janet Darnell – violin
  • David Davidson – violin
  • Floyd Domino – piano
  • Ronnie Dunn – vocals on "A-11"
  • Larry Franklin – fiddle
  • Steve Gibson – electric guitar
  • Vince Gill – vocals on "A Way to Survive" and "Everything but You"
  • Kevin "Swine" Grantt – upright bass
  • Jim Grosjean – viola
  • Merle Haggard – vocals on "I Fall to Pieces" and "Living for a Song"
  • Emmylou Harris – vocals on "Don't Touch Me"
  • Stephen Hill – background vocals
  • John Hobbs – string arrangements
  • Jamey Johnson – acoustic guitar, lead vocals, background vocals
  • Shelby Kennedy – background vocals
  • Alison Krauss – vocals on "Make the World Go Away"
  • Kris Kristofferson – vocals on "Love Makes a Fool of Us All" and "Living for a Song"
  • Red Lanegut string guitar on "Would These Arms Be in Your Way"
  • "Cowboy" Eddie Long – steel guitar
  • Richard Madenfort – 12-string acoustic guitar, piano, background vocals
  • Kenny Malone – percussion
  • Liana Manis – background vocals
  • Rick Marty – electric guitar, acoustic guitar, e-bow
  • Brent Mason – electric guitar, tic tac bass
  • David Miller – bass guitar
  • Willie Nelson – acoustic guitar and vocals on "Do You Ever Get Tired (Of Hurting Me)", "Everything but You", and "Living for a Song"
  • Stefan Petrescu – violin
  • Ray Price – vocals on "You Wouldn't Know Love"
  • Carole Rabinowitz – cello
  • Mickey Raphaelharmonica
  • Sarighandi D. Reist – cello
  • Eddie Rivers – steel guitar
  • Jason Roberts – fiddle
  • Leon Russell – vocals on "A Way to Survive" and "Everything but You"
  • John Wesley Ryles – background vocals
  • David Sanger – drums
  • Hank Singer – fiddle
  • Pamela Sixfin – violin
  • Joe Spivey – fiddle
  • George Strait – vocals on "The Eagle"
  • Bobby Terry – acoustic guitar, electric guitar
  • Wei Tsun Chang – violin
  • Robby Turner – dobro, steel guitar
  • Dan Tyminski – acoustic guitar
  • Tommy White – steel guitar
  • Kris Wilkinson – string contractor, viola
  • Lonnie Wilson – drums
  • Karen Winkleman – violin
  • Lee Ann Womack – vocals on "This Ain't My First Rodeo"
  • Bobby Wood – Fender Rhodes, synthesizer, Wurlitzer
  • Glenn Worf – upright bass
  • Shelly Anderson – mastering assistant
  • Daniel Baciagalupi – mastering assistant
  • Venus Barr – production assistant
  • Drew Bollman – engineer
  • Paul Bowman – assistant engineer
  • Sorrel Brigman – assistant engineer
  • Buddy Cannon – producer
  • T.W. Cargile – engineer, mixing
  • Butch Carr – engineer
  • Tony Castle – engineer
  • Steve Chadie – engineer
  • Dale Dodson – producer
  • Leland Elliott – assistant engineer
  • Shannon Finnegan – production coordinator
  • Angella Grossi – production assistant
  • Will Harrison – assistant engineer
  • Jonathan Harter – assistant engineer
  • Jon Hersey – assistant engineer
  • Rob Katz – assistant engineer, engineer
  • Charlie Kramsky – assistant engineer
  • Richard Madenfort – production assistant
  • Andrew Mendelson – mastering
  • Seth Morton – assistant engineer
  • Willie Nelson – drum triggers
  • Chris Owens – assistant engineer
  • Matt Rausch – assistant engineer
  • David Robinson – assistant engineer
  • Jacob Sciba – assistant engineer
  • Sam Seifert – engineer
  • Brian Wright – executive producer
  • Nathan Yarborough – assistant engineer

Chart performance

Chart (2012) Peak
US Billboard 200 5
US Billboard Top Country Albums 3


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