Cody Johnson released his highly anticipated new album, Leather, on November 3 2023. The project's tracklist features star-studded collaborations lined up with Jelly Roll (‘Whiskey Bent’) and Brooks & Dunn (‘Long Live Country Music’).
In addition, the album includes the lead singles, ‘The Painter’, ‘Work Boots‘, ’Watching My Old Flame’ and ‘That's Texas’, along with a range of exciting heartfelt tracks, such as ‘Jesus Loves You’, ‘Dirt Cheap’, ‘Leather’ and ‘Make Me A Mop’.
‘Watching My Old Flame’ is a cleverly written ballad in the mould of ‘I Always Wanted To’ and ‘Sad Songs and Waltzes’, with Cody Johnson expressing the anguish he feels seeing his ex around town (“It's the hardest thing / Watching my old flame / Go out”.
In an interview with KMLE Country 107.9 in Florence, Arizona, Cody confirmed his follow-up to 2021's Human would be another double-album, and the second half of Leather is expected to be released in early 2024, before he embarks on his tour of the same name.
CoJo's long-awaited Carrie Underwood duet, which remains untitled as of yet, will not appear on the first instalment of Leather, and is therefore expected to be included on the second half.
Aside from revealing that - like Human - it'll be a double-album, Cody also announced that each of the 24 songs would be underpinned by a theme of ‘fun’ and levity. In a conversation with Spencer Graves, Cody shared that the lead single from the project will be called ‘The Painter’, which was sent to Country Radio on August 14.
With the first 12 Leather offerings now released, we still have another 12 blank spaces on the double-album's tracklist to fill - which means Cody Johnson fans can look forward to a whole lot of new music to come in the not-so-distant future.
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