Cody Johnson On His First Bull Ride: “I Got The Piss Stomped Outta Me”

The story of “Dear Rodeo” is going even deeper with the upcoming release of Cody Johnson’s Dear Rodeo documentary.

We saw the incredible “Dear Rodeo” music video featuring former rodeo gal herself, Reba McEntire, a couple of months ago, and it’s the kind of thing that’ll make you want to run through a brick wall AND shed a tear at the same time. And then, we also saw the release of the film trailer for the documentary last week.

Now, over the past few days, Cody’s got us all foaming at the mouth with these teasers he’s been releasing on YouTube.

In these clips, Johnson gives us a sneak-peek of what made him fall in love with the full-throttle, adrenaline-amped life of bull riding. The most recent teaser involves Johnson going back to the place where he fell in love with bull riding for the very first time. He gets a little nostalgic, reminiscing on his first-ever bull ride on a bull he had no business being on, and how his buddies gave him so much shit.

“I got to about 6 seconds, we didn’t have clocks and timers… I barely held on to one, and I got the piss stomped out of me at the end of it.

But the adrenaline and the feeling that I got was unlike anything I’ve ever felt in my entire life.”

In another teaser, he goes back to the place where he had his first high school rodeo. He then talks about how the bull was a metaphor.

“I think the bull was just a representation of something that I was looking for. I didn’t know then that all that was going to lead to the things I have done now.”

And boy if only he knew back then…

His days of rodeo fame would be a drop in the bucket compared to what he’s gone on to accomplish in the country music world now. From playing in front of more than 70,000 fans at the Houston Rodeo (by the way, Johnson exited the arena on a horse, it doesn’t get more full circle than that), to signing a major label record deal and releasing his Ain’t Nothin’ To It album that topped the Billboard Country Albums chart, it’s easy to see that this man is not on his way to country music fame… he’s already there.

Needless to say, this rodeo documentary is going to be something special when it finally releases, the date still to be determined. But rodeo stories from Cody Johnson to Reba McEntire, and even Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle? I mean it doesn’t get any more American than this.

A beer bottle on a dock


A beer bottle on a dock