Of course Cody knows more than others what it’s like to feel like country radio is leaving the traditional sound behind, after being told that his song “Dear Rodeo” was “too rodeo for radio.”
“We were discussing what songs off my new record we would consider singles… any producer Trent Wilmon says ‘If they’re already not gonna play it, why not release what we want?’
I just got told a couple weeks ago that my song ‘Dear Rodeo’ was and I quote: ‘too rodeo for radio,’ because apparently the word ‘rodeo’ reminds people of cruelty to animals.”
But despite signing with Warner Brothers Records back in 2019, Cody’s one who’s always done things his own way and refused to cater to the “mainstream” country sound – which makes it all the more impressive that “Til You Can’t” is currently rocketing up the charts and looks destined to become his first #1 single at some point this year.
Combine that with the fact that he still remains the only unsigned (at the time) artist to sell out the Houston Rodeo, and the way he’s currently selling out venues on his current tour, and I think maybe mainstream country could learn a lesson or two from the way CoJo’s doing it.
Because like he said: Country music doesn’t sound like country music anymore.
Luckily for us, Cody Johnson’s trying to change that.