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Cody Johnson Band At Midnight Rodeo

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Catch The Cody Johnson Band on stage tonite at Midnight Rodeo and listen for your chance to win free tickets to the show  !  Be sure to look for McWilley broadcasting live at the show ! Keep reading for more about the band.

Cody has been playing guitar, singing and writing since he was twelve years old. Over his 23 years he has written over 200 songs. His entire family is talented in music but Cody is the first Johnson to try to make a living at it. Cody and Nathan met in Huntsville while Nathan was finishing his Marketing degree in January 2006 and they started the band in May of 2006 with Cody’s dad Carl Johnson on Bass. They played as a 3 piece for a year and released their first album together titled Black & White Label. With this album, things started picking up and they decided to add a lead guitar player so Cody turned to his old high school buddy, Matt Rogers. With the addition of Matt, they decided to record a new album at a live venue. So in May of 2007 they recorded the Live and Rocking at Shenanigans Album. Seeing the popularity of this album, Carl realized that they had grown out of just playing for fun on the weekends and was forced to quit the band for his career and family commitments. The guys put an ad on Craig’s List for a bass player which was answered by Danny Salinas solidifying the four piece for another year.

In September 2008 the band embarked on their first professionally produced album. They hooked up with producer Keith Davis in Austin and recorded Six Strings One Dream, which was released September 2nd 2009 with their debut single “Another Try” reaching the Texas Music Chart only weeks after release climbing to #28. Their second single “Nobody to Blame” climbed up to #7 and their third single “Pray for Rain” is already in the top 10 just weeks after release. What’s important to note is that the band financially backed this entire album from idea to finished product and even promotion with only their personal money through savings accounts, personal loans, gig money and part time jobs.

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