Cody Johnson

Cody Johnson

Live from The Backyard Stage!

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Thursday, April 11, 2019
Gates 6:00pm | Starts 7:00pm
$32.00 – Advanced Purchase General Admission
$37.00 – Day of Show General Admission

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Live from the Backyard Stage at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre!

Growing up in Sebastapol, Texas, Cody Johnson heard music from the honky tonks across the Trinity River. He learned drums and guitar and started writing songs while still in junior high. A teacher encouraged Johnson to form a band, and they finished first runner-up in a Texas State Future Farmers of America talent contest.

Much like one of his heroes, the late Chris LeDoux, Johnson hit the rodeo circuit and made his first album during that time, selling self-financed CDs from his pickup as he chased the elusive eight-second dream. But broken bones and the cost of competition took their toll, and he eventually ditched life as a rodeo pro who played music on his off days to become a prison guard in Huntsville who played clubs on the weekends. The crowds began to grow, and he pieced together a string of hits on the Texas music charts. Plus, he snagged the Texas Regional Radio Music Award as Male Vocalist of the Year. His wife, Brandi, shocked him when she agreed he should go after music as a fulltime job.

Now fast-forward to 2016. After landing two releases in the Top 10 of Billboard’s country albums chart on his own CoJo label, selling 74,000 tickets for a single show, and earning recognition as the only unsigned artist in history to sell out NRG Stadium at RodeoHouston, Cody Johnson has become one of Texas’ most sought after talents, eventually leading him to sign with Warner Music Nashville after deliberating several major offers.

Johnson’s passionate, rowdy concerts have already drawn comparisons to Garth Brooks, and the music from his previous albums, inspired by ‘90s country foundations, but built for the 21st century, has made him a familiar presence on Texas and Oklahoma red-dirt radio.

Johnson’s introductory Warner project, Ain’t Nothin’ to It, ups the ante. After writing the bulk of his previous material, he put out word in Nashville that he was open to songs from other sources, and the results were astonishing. A-list writers – including Chris Stapleton, Radney Foster and Brothers Osborne guitarist John Osborne – came to the table with songs that suited Johnson’s life and disposition. Music fans who are just now coming to the table will get a quick understanding of Johnson, from the rowdy troublemaker in the swampy “Doubt Me Now” to the devoted family man in the title track to the self-penned ex-bull rider in “Dear Rodeo” to the devoted Christian in “His Name Is Jesus.”

In 2018, Johnson won Texas Regional Radio’s Male Vocalist once again, while adding Album of the Year for Gotta Be Me and single, for “Wild As You.” By then, he had already completed work on Ain’t Nothin’ to It with longtime producer Trent Willmon, whom authored hits for Montgomery Gentry and Steel Magnolia. Nothin’ purposely shows the full range of Johnson’s talents, from the acoustic tack of “Fenceposts” to the ultra-sexy “Nothin’ On You” to the rockin’ country blues of “Honky Tonk Mood.”

Now, one of country’s most-sought-after, formerly unsigned musicians is matched with one of Nashville’s most influential labels. Johnson was a hold out for all the right reasons. And now he’s part of a team, again for all the right reasons.

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$104.00 - Level 101, Level 103 and Level 102 Rows F and beyond
$74.00 - Level 200
$64.00 - Level 300
$52.00 - Obstructed View
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