If there was ever any wonder in anyone's mind whether or not folks are still craving real country music, may I present Cody Johnson's 2019 album and it's newly minted GOLD certification by the RIAA.

While the tide is certainly turning from the bro-country that dominated airwaves in the 2010's, any time a legitimate country singer reaches a milestone such as this, it's a major victory for fans of cowboy country.

He <em>will</em> tweak songs like "White Christmas" and "I'll Be Home for Christmas," giving both a Dean Martin feel that will be different for his longtime fans. He compares his cover of "Santa Clause Is Back in Town" (<a href="https://tasteofcountry.com/tags/elvis-presley/" target="_blank">Elvis Presley</a>) to something the late Stevie Ray Vaughn may have done.

It was revealed this week that Johnson's major label debut, Ain’t Nothin’ to It, has been certified GOLD. And CoJo is picking up speed.

His newest album, Human The Double Album, which debuted earlier this month, landed top new country album release week honors. Additionally all 18 tracks topped half a million streams each in week one alone "a feat usually reserved for superstar country artists – while the album itself has remained within the Top 10 of Billboard’s Top Country Album chart since release."

But like I said CoJo is a juggernaut, he's gaining speed.

In addition to the recent double album and documentary, Johnson has also recorded a Christmas album -- A Cody Johnson Christmas will be released on on Nov. 19. Of course it will include several Christmas standards such as Willie Nelson's "Pretty Paper" and Merle Haggard's "If We Make It Through December."

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