Listen to Cody Johnson’s Personal New Single, “Dear Rodeo”

Listen to Cody Johnson’s Personal New Single, “Dear Rodeo”

Cody Johnson will ship new single, “Dear Rodeo,” to country radio on Sept. 8.

Penned by Cody and Dan Couch, “Dear Rodeo” is featured on Cody’s 2019 major-label debut album, Ain’t Nothing To It. Admittedly, the new tune is a personal one for the native of the Sebastopol, Texas, who spent many years riding rodeo bulls. Cody gave up his quest to be a world champion, but he’s never gotten over his love of the sport.

“To me, it felt like a divorce when I quit rodeoing, and it felt like something I didn’t want to talk about,” says Cody. “[Publisher] Scott Gunter encouraged me to write about this, and myself and Dan Couch sat down, and when I said it felt like a divorce, Dan said, ‘Well, why don’t we write a letter to her—the sport of rodeo—and talk to her like she’s a woman?’ It’s probably, honestly, one of the most heartfelt songs I’ve ever written. It’s probably the most I’ve bore my soul.”

Listen to “Dear Rodeo” below.

photo by Tammie Arroyo,