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Reba McEntire Reacts to Cody Johnson’s Moving Cover of Her Song ‘Whoever’s In New England’

by Jon D. B.
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Country legend Reba McEntire is a Cody Johnson fan! Johnson recently covered her hit “Whoever’s In New England”, and Reba loves it!

One of the most appealing aspects of the country music genre is how small and down-home it remains. Whether legends or up-and-comers, country stars all seem to know one another. And they rarely have anything but positivity to share with one another. It truly is an American community.

Reba is absolutely one icon who’s set the bar for said kindness. While some stars may be bitter at others for covering their music, she is all for it. She’s even collaborated on a duet with Johnson, titled Dear Rodeo.

On Instagram, Cody Johnson is sharing a recent cover of his own. The song? Reba McEntire’s hit Whoever’s In New England. Johnson’s moving, moody rendition of the country staple is exceptionally well done. Have a listen for yourself below.

#COJONation, I’ve got a special surprise for y’all. I recorded a cover of one of my favorite @reba tunes ‘Whoever’s In New England.’ Watch the video available now. Link in stories.”

Cody Johnson

Reba McEntire Gushes over Johnson’s Cover

The best part – Reba agrees! Taking to her own Instagram account, Reba is heaping high praise for Johnson and his cover. “Love this @codyjohnson!!!” she raves. Surely, there’s no higher praise for a musician covering another’s art.

Photo credit: Reba McEntire

Reba herself is no stranger to covers, either. This past Wednesday was a historic night for the Country Music Hall of Fame. Within the museum’s fundraiser, Reba belts out an a cappella version of Patsy Cline’s Sweet Dreams.

According to Outsider’s own Kayla Zadel, “the icon’s voice echos beautifully in the empty auditorium. She’s wearing all black – black long sleeve top with black sequin pants for the performance.

“Cline is Reba’s hero. Furthermore, this song is one of the reasons why Reba got a break in the industry. She frequently performed versions of this song as her career was gaining footing. However, after the death of seven of her band members and her tour manager in a 1991 plane crash, Reba stopped singing the song. It’s been said that the toll of singing this sad song was too much.”


Catch up on the full details of Reba’s performance, and the fundraiser, here. And if you still haven’t heard the single Reba released with Johnson, we’ve got you covered.

[H/T Instagram]