Cody Johnson Essentials
Cody Johnson might be the only cowboy to make the jump from rodeo to honky-tonks. Although the Texas songwriter's first love is music—he started making a racket at only 12 years old—his punchy songs are delivered with the guts and rowdiness he developed while riding 2,000-pound beasts. Emerging around the late ‘00s, his brand of country is the kind you'd hear at dusty bars with chicken wire wrapped around the stage. It's steeped in authentic twang but dense with rock ‘n' roll. “Dance Her Home” is a textbook example of that alchemy, and “With You I Am” stays tough while revealing Johnson's sensitive side.