Cody Johnson Lands #1 Single with “The Painter”

Platinum-selling COJO Music/Warner Music Nashville recording artist Cody Johnson has the #1 song at country radio this week with “The Painter.” Written by Benjy Davis, Kat Higgins, and Ryan Larkins and produced by Trent Willmon, the gold-certified song also becomes the biggest streaming single of his career with 200 million global streams to date.

“The Painter” was the first single off Cody’s new 12-track studio album Leather released last fall. Cody chose the song for the record as its story mirrors his relationship with wife Brandi and her belief and support of his dreams and career. During the 2023 CMA Awards, the creative for Cody’s performance played out on a video wall behind him as a slow revealing black and white sketch of Brandi and then morphing into a color painting by the end of the song. “The Painter” received stellar song reviews by the media and charted on multiple year-end lists including Country Now, Holler MagazineNew York Times and Taste of Country.

Since the release of Leather, fans and radio stations have felt instantaneous reactions to many of the songs on the album, including “Dirt Cheap.” With nearly 55 million global streams with an average of 3.4 million streams per week, “Dirt Cheap” has become Cody’s new single and is impacting country radio now.

Cody continues his headline “The Leather Tour” on March 15 in Indianapolis at the Gainbridge Fieldhouse. Tickets on sale now at and

“The Leather Tour” 2024:

3-10 Plant City, FL            Strawberry Festival+

3-15     Indianapolis, IN                    Gainbridge Fieldhouse

3-16     Birmingham, AL                    Legacy Arena @ BJCC          SOLD OUT

3-22     Worcester, MA                      DCU Center

3-23     Baltimore, MD                      CFG Bank Arena

4-12     Lexington, KY                       RUPP Arena                           SOLD-OUT

4-13     Memphis, TN                        FedEx Forum

4-20     Georgetown, TX                   Two Step Inn Festival

4-25     Boise, ID                              ExtraMile Arena                     SOLD OUT

4-26     Spokane, WA                        Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena

4-27     Tacoma, WA                         Tacoma Dome

5-2       Calgary, AB                          The Scotiabank Saddledome

5-4       Abbotsford, BC                    Abbotsford Ent & Sports Complex

5-17     Des Moines, IA                     Wells Fargo Arena

5-18     Fargo, ND                            FARGODOME

5-31     New Orleans, LA                  Smoothie King Center

6-1       Panama City Beach, FL        Gulf Coast Jam+

6-13     Bloomington, IL                   Tailgate N’ Tallboys+

6-14     N. Lawrence, OH                 The Country Fest+

6-28     Bristol, TN                           Country Thunder Bristol+

6-29     Kennesaw, GA                      Fifth Third Stadium

7-11     Ft. Loramie, OH                  Country Concert @ Hickory Hills Lakes+

7-13     Chicago, IL                          Windy City Smokeout+  

7-19     Brooklyn, MI                        Faster Horses Festival+

7-20     Monticello, IA                      Great Jones County Fair+

8-2       Camrose, AB                        Big Valley Jamboree+

8-3       Saskatoon, SK                      Sasktel Centre+

8-9       Oro-Medante, ON                 Boots & Hearts Music Festival+

8-10     London, ON                          Budweiser Gardens

8-17     Denver, CO                           Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater

9-21     Charleston, SC                     Credit One Stadium “Cody & Friends”  SOLD OUT

+Cody Festival dates

Leather Track Listing:

  • “Work Boots” (Jason Afable, Brett Beavers, Canaan Smith)
  • “Double Down” (Jeff Hyde, Adam James, Clint Daniels)
  • “Watching My Old Flame” (Kat Higgins, Wynn Varble, Clint Daniels)
  • “That’s Texas” (Andy Sheridan, Erik Dylan, Wyatt McCubbin)
  • “Dirt Cheap” (Josh Phillips)
  • “Jesus Loves You” (Mark Holman, Chase McGill, Michael Hardy)
  • “Whiskey Bent” (feat. Jelly Roll) (Adam James, Mikey Reaves, Rocky Block)
  • “Leather” (Ian Munsick, Rivers Rutherford, Jeremy Spillman)
  • “People In The Back” (Devin Dawson, Austin Taylor Smith, Mark Trussell)
  • “Long Live Country Music” (feat. Brooks & Dunn) (Phil O’Donnell, Wade Kirby, Trent Willmon)
  • “The Painter” (Kat Higgins, Benjy Davis, Ryan Larkins)
  • “Make Me A Mop” (Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington, Alan Shamblin)