Lately, Dwayne Johnson dipped his toe into the music world. Anyone who has followed his career or social media knows he doesn’t do anything halfway. We’ve watched him go all-in on everything he does since his days as a pro wrestler. When he cut “Face Off” with Tech N9ne it lit a fire inside him. More recently, he expressed his desire to team up with someone like Jamey Johnson for some outlaw country.
We’ve seen this happen before. Stars from other genres or even outside the music world go to country music. They know it’s the most popular genre in America. As a result, there’s plenty of money to be made from country music fans. However, Dwayne Johnson isn’t one of those. He actually loves country music. More specifically, Johnson is a fan of traditional and outlaw country. You don’t have to take my word for it though. Let’s look back at a couple of the times The Rock shouted out some of the genre’s rising stars.
Dwayne Johnson Shouts Out Jinks, Childers, and More
Back in 2017, Dwayne Johnson took to Instagram to share his love for Cody Jinks’ music. While doing so, he talked a little about his love of country. In the post’s caption, The Rock wrote, “I’m a lifelong fan of traditional, hardcore country.” Then, he named some of his favorite artists. Classic country icons like Willie Nelson, Johnny Paycheck, Merle Haggard, and George Jones were on that list. Additionally, Johnson said he enjoys Sturgill Simpson, Chris Stapleton, and Jamey Jonson.
Dwayne Johnson went on to urge his followers to check out Cody Jinks’ song “Somewhere in the Middle” because the lyrics spoke to him and he liked the arrangement on it.
Then, in 2019, Dwayne Johnson posted Sturgill Simpson’s song “Living the Dream” on his Instagram. In the caption, he recommended Simpson to his followers along with a few others. “Sturgill, Cody Jinks, Tyler Childers, Stapleton, Jamey Johnson are a few of my favs who would’ve made Jennings, Merle, Paycheck, Cash, Gosdin, and the Possum himself very proud.” To me, that sounds like a guy who knows his stuff.
It goes deeper than that, though. Let’s flashback to 2011. That year, Dwayne Johnson was all set to take on the role of Charley Pride in a biopic. They never ended up making the movie. However, Johnson was excited to get to step into the role. How stoked was he for the movie? Well, he wasn’t just going to star in it. The Rock also planned to produce the film alongside American Idol’s Randy Jackson and a few others including Pride’s manager John Daines, according to Taste of Country.
In short, we’re eagerly waiting for The Rock’s country music debut.