Cody Johnson Talks Small-Town Texas Roots, Success as an Indie Artist, New Single, Upcoming Major-Label Debut Album & More

Cody Johnson Talks Small-Town Texas Roots, Success as an Indie Artist, New Single, Upcoming Major-Label Debut Album & More

Jim Casey talks with Cody Johnson about:

  • growing up in the small town of Sebastopol, Texas
  • learning the drums from his father at a young age
  • the advantage of having a background in drums
  • being surrounded by gospel music from his family members
  • early musical influences, from Elvis to Billy Joe Shaver
  • gaining respect from his Texas/Red Dirt contemporaries like Wade Bowen, Cory Morrow and Cody Canada
  • releasing six independent albums
  • signing a major-label record contract with Warner Brothers Nashville in June
  • having success with his major-label debut single, “On My Way to You”
  • releasing his upcoming major-label debut album, Ain’t Nothin’ to It, on Jan. 18, 2019
  • making music that translates to his live show
  • working with producer Trent Willmon
  • covering Charlie Daniels’ “Long Haired Country Boy” on the new album

Show Participants:

  • Cody Johnson
  • Jim Casey, NCD editor in chief

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Chris Young Earns 3 CMA Award Nominations

Chris Young Earns 3 CMA Award Nominations

Congrats to Chris Young who is a 3-time CMA Award nominee this year.

His song “Famous Friends”, which he sings with Kane Brown, racked up nominations in the categories of Single, Musical Event, and Video of the Year.

Talking about his nominations, Chris says “I was blown away by the fact that there were three award nominations for the song. I mean, there’s so much that’s gone into it and so many people that have fallen in love with it and supported it and, you know, just having a hit with your friend in the first place is great with a song like “Famous Friends” with my buddy Kane Brown, but then to be nominated for three different CMA Awards, including Single of the Year. It’s just incredible.”

Chris, Kane and all the other nominees will learn if they’re taking home trophies, when the 55th Annual CMA Awards are handed out in Nashville on Wednesday November 10 – broadcasted live on ABC.

Photo Credit: Jeff Johnson