NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (October 30, 2020) – COJO Music / Warner Music Nashville recording artist Cody Johnson has just released an acoustic video cover of Reba McEntire’s GRAMMY-winning No. 1 “Whoever's In New England” (WATCH HERE). Filmed at Orb Recording Studio in Austin, TX, the clip features Johnson solo with just his vocals and guitar, delivering a performance that is sure to take your breath away. The Texas-native teamed up with international music icon for a poignant and stirring duet version of his current country radio single “Dear Rodeo,” available everywhere now (LISTEN HERE). Written as a very personal tribute to Johnson’s previous career in bull-riding, the reflective song “explores the pull of the American sport, one that’s been romanticized in some of country music’s most iconic songs” (Rolling Stone) and struck a chord with McEntire, who grew up on a family ranch competing in barrel racing.
Co-written by Johnson and Dan Couch, “Dear Rodeo” was Top 3 most-added at country radio upon impact and has earned more than 45 million global streams to date. In 2018, Johnson performed the emotionally-charged song at the largest livestock exhibition and rodeo in the world, RODEOHOUSTON (WATCH HERE). With a seating capacity of more than 72,000, the rising star has impressively sold out the massive stadium for two back to back years.
Called “a beautiful piece of work” by MusicRow, “Dear Rodeo” is featured on Johnson’s major-label debut album Ain’t Nothin’ To It, which arrived at No.1 on both the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and their all-genre Digital Albums chart. The record also features his Platinum-certified debut single “On My Way To You,” which boasts more than 265 million streams worldwide and gave Johnson his first Top 10 at country radio. Written by Brett James and Tony Lane, the song was named as one of ASCAP’s “Most Performed Songs of 2019.”With more than 1.7 billion career streams globally, Johnson continues to establish himself as an upcoming country star. With ACM and CMA new artist nominations to his name, he sold out 45+ headlining shows in 2019 alone and joined Miranda Lambert’s Wildcard Tour at the top of 2020. He has received critical praise from outlets such as The New York Times, Associated Press, Billboard, Rolling Stone, and more, with MusicRow claiming “this Texan just might be the future of real country music.”
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