Cody Johnson

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Rodeo-men have taken on an almost mythical status in country music, standing as a touchstone for a simpler, freer way of life. Yet the majority of rodeo songs and Wild West tales have been spun by artists that were cowboys in appearance and nothing more.

That was, of course, until Cody Johnson and his band stampeded onto the scene with his untethered 2019 label debut, Ain’t Nothin’ To It. It topped both the Billboard Top Country Albums and the All-Genre Digital Sales charts. In actual fact, this was Johnson’s fourth album, having released the previous three on his own label.

It betrays a sense of unbridled determination that Johnson honed in a non-musical arena. Born in Sebastopol, Texas, Johnson started out as a competitive bull rider, living out the harsh realities of a life that had been idealised in so many country hits.

Although his path would ultimately deviate away from the rodeo circuit and into the music industry, Johnson’s albums are pervaded by an underlying determination to bring ‘the cowboy’ back to Nashville. His fans - collectivised as CoJo Nation - celebrate Johnson’s unique authenticity in an industry that has often manipulated the cowboy aesthetic as a marketing device.

In the summer of 2021, Cody Johnson offered fans an all-access pass into his journey so far with the release of his Dear Rodeo documentary, named after his 2020 Reba McEntire collaboration of the same name.

Later that year, Johnson dropped his acclaimed double album, Human, which captured the energy of the rowdy, high-octane live shows that the Texan has become known for. Two of the stand-out tracks, ‘‘Til You Can’t’ and ‘Human’, showcased Johnson’s ability to fuse down-home humility with a rip-roaring sense of carpe diem. For ‘‘Til You Can’t’, Johnson would go on to win the 2022 CMA Awards for Single of the Year and Music Video of the Year.

Johnson closes out 2022 with the release of Cody Johnson & The Rockin’ CJB Live, which consolidates his status as a relentless road-warrior. While he might now be riding atop the country music charts instead of a bucking bull, with each release, Johnson makes one thing abundantly clear: on a ‘Cowboy Scale of 1 to 10’, he’s unmatched.

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Cody Johnson, Morgan Wallen and More Remain as CMT Reveals 2023 Video of the Year Finalists

HARDY, Lainey Wilson, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Kane Brown and Katelyn Brown are also still in contention for the Texas ceremony's biggest prize.

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Lainey Wilson, Cody Johnson and More to Perform at 2023 CMT Awards

They'll be joined by the likes of Blake Shelton, Carly Pearce, Kelsea Ballerini and Keith Urban.

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Cody Johnson Earns Three 2023 CMT Awards Nominations

Johnson's hit tune 'Human' has earned nominations for Video of the Year and Male Video of the Year, whilst the Grammy-winning ''Til You Can't' is up for the CMT Performance of the Year award.

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Cody Johnson 2023 Concert Tour Setlist

All the songs that Cody has been performing on his 2023 tour dates.

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Cody Johnson's ‘‘Til You Can't’ Wins Best Country Song at 2023 Grammys

The motivational anthem, which appeared on Johnson's Human double-album, earns the Texan his first ever Grammy.

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Cody Johnson, Lainey Wilson, Parker McCollum and More to Perform at Watershed Festival 2023

The country stars join a stellar line-up that also includes Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Ernest and Carly Pearce.