This morning indie sensation Cody Johnson woke up to the news that his album GOTTA BE ME was sitting at #1 on the iTunes Country Album Chart and #2 on the iTunes All Genre Album Chart. GOTTA BE ME is available in stores now and on iTunes here. Rolling Stone Country claims “Johnson confidently asserts his musical independence throughout Gotta Be Me and yet finds himself rapidly hurtling toward mainstream stardom with a unique concept in his arsenal: actual country music.”
Johnson’s success is one more reminder of both the power of traditional country music, and the genuine thirst fans have for it. His explosive live shows have earned comparisons to Chris LeDoux and the on stage passion of Garth Brooks, and his voice has been deemed as instantly identifiable as that of country King George Strait. Couple his fiery on stage persona with the powerful delivery of well-lived lyrics in “Cowboy Life” and “Gotta Be Me” and you begin to see why Johnson stands out in today’s country landscape as unique and authentic – and why fans adore him for it.
GOTTA BE ME brings into focus a picture of a man who describes himself as, “a God-fearin’, hard-workin’, beer-drinkin’, fightin’, lovin’ cowboy from Texas,” he grins. “That’s about it.”