A grandfather rifling through old black and white photos and telling stories to his grandson is just the base for this unforgettable country hit – and Jamey Johnson is the man who brought it to life.
Johnson’s 2008 release of “In Color” swept across country radio like wildfire and stole America’s hearts with its deeply reminiscent nature and powerful, relatable lyrics. It also took home a spot in the Top 10 on Billboard’s US Hot Country Songs and earned multiple nominations during the 51st Grammy Awards.
The song tells a story of an elderly grandfather speaking to his grandson and showing him some photos of important moments in his life, saying “you should have seen it in color” – intimating that idea of “if only he could have been there”.
This stunning country hit was penned by Johnson, Leo Thomas Miller, and James Otto and originally was going to be recorded by fellow country megastar Trace Adkins, but at one point Johnson spoke to Adkins and asked permission to record the song himself. It wasn’t until later, when Adkins issued his 2008 album, X, that he included his own recording of it as an iTunes exclusive bonus.
If you’ve never heard this powerful, acoustic, ballad – you’re definitely missing out…but if you have heard it you’re going to fall in love with it all over again!
Check out Jamey Johnson’s riveting song about cherishing memories, “In Color”, below.