Cody Johnson Shares His Truth with Gotta Be Me

New Album Available Now

Cody Johnson delivers a heavy dose of truth on his latest album, Gotta Be Me, but he starts the collection with a little white lie.

Over a bluesy country swing, he opens the title track with, “I’m a long country mile from being in style/Dirty hat and cowboy boots.”

Liar, liar Wranglers on fire.

Since country radio has devoted most of its airtime lately to playing pop music mostly by males with slick beats, the format has created a major fan demand for live rock ‘n’ roll and fiddle and steel again played by powerful entertainers that blow the roof off venues everywhere they go.

That’s why acts like Johnson, Brandy Clark, Jason Isbell, Chris Janson, William Michael Morgan, Kacey Musgraves, Jon Pardi, Mo Pitney, Margo Price, Randy Rogers Band, Sturgill Simpson, Chris Stapleton, Tara Thompson and many more are loved from sea to shining sea.

Because, listen folks, when it comes down to it, synthetic beats in country music are not timeless.

Melodies and the truth are. And that’s what draws fans by the thousands to Johnson’s shows across North America. He recently sold out the 2,000-capacity Grizzly Rose in Denver, Colorado, rodeo fans are wild for him, and he continues to gain new fans the more his live performances are discovered online. And all this was done without the support of a major record deal.

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