When it comes to pure country music, Cody Johnson is as good as it gets.
The Texas native is known for his electric live shows and boot stompin’ anthems, however, perhaps his most underrated skill is his ability to cover songs.
Seriously, the guy knows how to take an all-time great, and put his own twist on it while still paying respects to the ones who sang the song before him.
We’ve seen him cover Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “The Ballad Of Curtis Loew,” Luke Combs’ “Beer Never Broke My Heart,” Hank Williams’ “Your Cheatin’ Heart,” the Dixie Chicks’ “Travelin’ Soldier,” and so many more.
With that being said, we can add yet another impressive rendition to his long list of incredible covers.
Yesterday, he posted a video of him and his band putting together an incredible rendition of George Strait’s 2008 hit song “Troubadour.”
In front of thousands of fans at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, he said:
“First time I ever heard this song I thought, ‘Man, I want to live that.’ So far, so good.”
He then proceeded to deliver a fiddle driven, stripped down version of the George Strait classic.
Man, I would’ve done just about anything to be in that crowd that night. Not only does CoJo have one of the best live shows around, but every now and then he’ll throw in an awesome cover like this to his set list.
Check it out:
And the original: