Watch: Reba McEntire, Cody Johnson Discuss Rodeo’s Influence on Their Music Career Work Ethic

by Kayla Zadel

Growing up in the sport of rodeo teaches some of life’s best lessons. And according to Reba McEntire and Cody Johnson, their work ethic was instilled in them through rodeo.

In the second episode of “An Intimate Conversation,” Reba McEntire and Cody Johnson share rodeo stories. Johnson starts the video with how he began bull riding. It was something that he saw and decided he wanted to do. However, for Reba, it was the family business. She recounts her memories of going to Cheyenne Frontier Days and rodeos across the United States.

Both country music artists gave up rodeo to pursue their careers in music. Johnson says that he was angry and the failure is what he brought with him when he chose the career change. He thanks the failure because it’s what made him successful today.

Reba was pushed to country music by her father. He told her to give up barrel racing and use her “God-given gift.”

“I brought from rodeo into this determination, a work ethic,” Reba confesses. “You had your work ethic, you had your goals, your determination, and you had something to really prove that that didn’t work,” she tells Johnson.

Johnson admits that he had a bit of a chip on his shoulder when he entered the music industry full time. He felt like he had to prove himself in the music world since his efforts in bull riding didn’t pan out. Furthermore, Johnson says he doesn’t feel like he has anything to prove anymore because he’s mature now. He enjoys team roping and riding cutting horses.

Reba McEntire Works with Cody Johnson on ‘Dear Rodeo’

The two country music artists collaborate on a song that taps into their roots. “Dear Rodeo” is Cody Johnson’s song featuring Reba McEntire. The song lyrics address the sport of rodeo, but it also applies to break-ups and certain relationships.

The song is off Johnson’s 2019 album “Ain’t Nothin’ to It.” “Dear Rodeo” is the third single from the album.