If you’re not satisfied with what the radio calls country music, you’re not alone. Cody Johnson is right there with you. In fact, that is the basis for his upcoming release, Human. It’s a double album full of great country music. If you’re familiar with COJO that won’t come as a surprise. However, the genesis of this project really highlights Johnson’s Outsider spirit and country roots.
The press release announcing the new album notes that the release contains music that Cody Johnson called, “Too country,” for country radio. About this collection of songs, he said, “It’s so hard to watch the fight to get the cowboy back on the radio, so I told them to bring those songs to me. As a result, Johnson ended up with a stack of songs. It was too hard for him to choose.
“There was too much good out there to let go of,” Cody Johnson said of the song selection. So, instead of agonizing over which songs he would add to his upcoming release, COJO decided to cut all of them. As a result, fans are getting an 18-track double album full of real country music.
About the songs on the album, Cody Johnson said, “There are ones I wrote on, there are ones I didn’t write on, and there are ones that I wish I had written.” However, it’s more than a collection of well-written country songs. “I addressed things personally with this music and when people listen to Human, they are going to hear a lot more of me being me. I am finally comfortable with myself and able to share that with my fans,” Johnson said in the press release.
Cody Johnson Announces Double Album, Releases Two Singles
When an artist announces an album, it is customary to drop a track to give fans a taste. However, Cody Johnson just announced a double album. So, he dropped two brand new tracks for his fans to soak in before the October release date.
In “Son of a Ramblin’ Man,” Cody Johnson steps into some big boots. Vice Gill co-penned the track with Al Anderson and included it on his 2006 album These Days. The original version also features the Del McCoury Band. However, COJO makes the song his own. He adds a Texas flair to the song about coming from a long line of rounders.
Cody Johnson gets a little more sentimental on “Treasure.” The song is all about finding beauty in the simple things in life. It is ironic that Johnson really shines a song that features the lyric, “Not all treasure has to shine.” You can really feel COJO’s nostalgia shining through on the Matt Rogers-penned track.
Human hits shelves and streaming October 8th. You can pre-order your physical copy of the album right now on Cody Johnson’s website.