Cody Johnson Keeps Playing Through Arena Power Outage: “I Don’t Care What I Have To Do Tonight I’m Playing This Show”

A group of people standing in front of a stage with lights

There’s one thing for certain about Cody Johnson

Besides the fact that he’s one of the few singers in mainstream country music that refuses to sellout, and one of the few that’ll stand up for traditional country music, the man will do absolutely anything for his fans in order to make sure he puts the best product out there.

And he proved that on Saturday night, at his show at Appalachian Arena in Pikeville, Kentucky.

Right before he was supposed to get on stage, a transformer blew outside the arena, knocking the power out in the arena and surrounding areas.

Most artists would probably just call it a night and refund the tickets…

But not Cody Johnson.

In a TikTok video, you hear him say:

“Thank you for being patient, thank you for being here earlier. They’re gonna get it fixed, and there’s no way we’re leaving so stick around.”

Sure enough, CoJo’s crew was able to connect the mics to their tour bus using extension chords, and they were rockin’ and rollin’. They were able to continue acoustically until the power came back on.

Emily Pennington shared her account of the story with Whiskey Riff:

“Johnson played in Pikeville KY last night where a transformer blew. Instead of stopping or cancelling the show he hooked up and used power from his bus and performed an acoustic set which was amazing.”

Just check out that sight… thousands of phone flashlights as the man sings “Nothin’ On You.”

Talk about chills.

“What’s powering this PA is we took the power and we plugged it into the bus in the backyard back here.

I want you to realize something…. when live music happens it’s something special. This is not what we planned at all, but because of my crew and the Rockin’ CJB and the people of this venue, we are able to pull something off for you tonight.”

“I don’t care what I have to do tonight I’m playing this show…”

“Human” acoustic:

Speaking of Cody Johnson, the man just put out a heater with Ian Munsick this past Friday, “Long Live Cowgirls.”

Check it out:

A beer bottle on a dock



A beer bottle on a dock