Stepping into the circle before they’re even out of elementary school.
Cody Johnson took the stage at the Grand Ole Opry last night, ahead of a stop on his Leather Tour at Bridgestone Arena this weekend. But he had some pretty good support with him as he took the historic stage.
Cody started by singing two of his own hits, “The Painter” and “Dirt Cheap,” both from his latest album Leather. But when he came back onstage later in the show, he welcomed his two young daughters, 8-year old Clara Mae and 5-year old Cori, to the stage with him.
He explained that, because he and his wife are cautious of what their daughters see on TV these days, they end up watching a lot of westerns in the Johnson household. And because of that, according to Cody, his daughters “think John Wayne hung the moon.”
I mean, there are definitely worse role models for young children these days.
So when Cody asked his daughters if they wanted to join him for a song on the Opry stage, the song they chose was “My Rifle, My Pony and Me” from the 1959 John Wayne western “Rio Bravo.”
The song was originally sung by Dean Martin and Ricky Nelson, but CoJo and his daughters put their own acoustic spin on the western classic – and knocked it out of the park.