Reba joins Johnson for "Dear Rodeo"
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Reba joins Johnson for "Dear Rodeo"

Friday, October 2, 2020 – Cody Johnson has teamed up with Reba McEntire for a duet version of Johnson's new single "Dear Rodeo."

Written as a very personal tribute to Johnson's previous career in bull-riding, the song struck a chord with McEntire, who grew up on a family ranch competing in barrel racing.

In an exclusive preview event for industry partners Thursday, McEntire said, "It was a thrill to get to sing 'Dear Rodeo' with Cody because we're both from the rodeo world," said McEntire. "I grew up in a rodeo family, I'm a third-generation rodeo brat. So the song means a lot to me because I did leave rodeo to be in the country music business. I sure miss it."

"The story behind 'Dear Rodeo' is more a story about life and less about rodeo," Johnson said. "I feel like everybody has their own 'Dear Rodeo' story, and when I found out that Reba was impacted by this song enough to want to do a duet, it was probably one of the coolest things I've ever done in my career. Reba adds a certain level of authenticity to this song that makes it so special. I love it when people sing songs about rodeo and cowboys, but there's a little bit of a different feel when you know that somebody can walk the walk they're talking. Neither one of us has a problem saying 'Hey, this is where I come from, you can check the credentials, we've got the scars to prove it.' I think that the honesty is really going to speak to people, and hopefully we can help people with this song."

Co-written by Johnson and Dan Couch, "Dear Rodeo" is featured on Johnson's major-label debut album "Ain't Nothin' To It."


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