Warner signs Johnson
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
– Texas country singer Cody Johnson has signed a deal with Warner Nashville.
The Sebastapol, Texas native veers towards the more traditional side. He released his most recent album, "Gotta Be Me" in 2016, with the disc debuting in second on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.
Johnson has toured extensively. He became the first independent artist to sell out the Houston Rodeo at NRG stadium earlier this year at nearly 75,000 tickets.
Johnson will release music through CoJo Music / Warner Music Nashville. He has released all six of his albums, starting with his debut in 2006, on CoJo.
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Ain't Nothin' To It
It's not always easy to put your finger on why a particular artist moves you emotionally. It can be due to smart, Elvis Costello-like wordplay, or Vince Gill-esque instrumental greatness. Cody Johnson's "Ain't Nothin' To It" doesn't always shine with exemplary poetic couplets, nor striking musicianship. This is not to say the lyrics and music aren't bad, either. No, it's just that Johnson's authentic country voice is ultimately what makes the first »»»
Gotta Be Me
The sixth independent release from Southeast Texas singer/songwriter Cody Johnson is hit and miss. There are some good tunes that recall the '90s era work of George Strait, but there are some weak songs and most tracks are saddled with over-production from Trent Willmon.
The opening title track is one of the stronger tunes, reminiscent not only of Strait, but a touch of Hank Williams as well, with Johnson proclaiming an affinity for past country legends ("I cut my teeth on/Those »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk
When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Rising Appalachia buck the mainsteam, and that's fine with them
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And that suits the sister-led duo of Chloe Smith and Leah Song just fine. In fact, at one point, Chloe made it clear she did not embrace radio play as a sign of success... »»»
Concert Review: Bingham plays with something to prove
Ryan Bingham mainly focused on songs from his sixth album "American Love Song," for this lively show. Backed by a supportive band that also included two female backup singers and a fiddler, Bingham's eclectic setlist touched upon country, singer/songwriter folk, rock and blues.
Bingham reached for lively country sounds early on, with... »»»
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