published Friday, July 8th, 2011

Niemann plays Lake Winnie on Sunday

Jerrod Niemann is back in town for “One More Drinkin’ Song,” the newest single off his CD, “Judge Jerrod and the Hung Jury.”

Fans will recall that Niemann was part of the songwriters showcase, Heartstrings for Hope, in February. Since then, “What Do You Want” became his second Top 15 hit following the smash debut single, “Lover, Lover.”

Those songs and others from the 20-track CD will be featured Sunday when Niemann performs two shows at Lake Winnepesaukah’s Jukebox Junction.

If You Go

* What: Jerrod Niemann in concert.

* When: 3 and 8 p.m. Sunday.

* Where: Lake Winnepesaukah, 1730 Lakeview Drive, Rossville.

* Admission: Free with $5 gate admission and $13 or $21 ride tickets for ages 17 and younger).

* Phone: 706-866-5681.

* Website:

Niemann wrote or co-wrote 10 of that album’s songs. “Drinkin’ Song” is a lighthearted groove with a reggae tinge that makes you want to sing along with margarita in hand. All it needs is the ripple of steel drums.

The emotional “What Do You Want” was written from a personal breakup.

“That was the first time I had ever written a song truly from the heart,” Niemann said in a news release. “I wasn’t trying to write a hit song. I just wanted to get it out of my system. I was missing an ex-girlfriend, and I would just start the process of getting over her and then I’d hear from her. That’s how the song came about.”

Niemann believes he can be a distinct voice in country music.

“I think there’s something unique that I can contribute to the format. If I can make somebody laugh, or get someone who’s never listened to country music to come over and check it out, then I’ve accomplished my goal,” he said.

about Susan Pierce...

Susan Palmer Pierce is a reporter and columnist in the Life department. She began her journalism career as a summer employee 1972 for the News Free Press, typing bridal announcements and photo captions. She became a full-time employee in 1980, working her way up to feature writer, then special sections editor, then Lifestyle editor in 1995 until the merge of the NFP and Times in 1999. She was honored with the 2007 Chattanooga Woman of ...

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