HOT TAKE: Cody Johnson Explains Country Music vs. “Country Music”
I'm digging this 2019 video. Cody Johnson's take on "country music," it's 100% correct. A song can be really good, for instance "Old Town Road," I love it. It's a great song. My kids love it. I've probably heard it 579 times over the past couple of years, and I still enjoy it every single time they listen to it. Which is almost daily.
It is unequivocally a great song. Doesn't mean it's a country song though.
There's a difference between "Country Music" and Country Music... [Old Town Road] is a GREAT song. However, it is not country music. It's a great rap song, it's a great pop song. But it's not country music.
And that's ok. We don't have to call it "country" to admire it. You can watch his hot take above, then be sure to stick around. After that CoJo launches into an 8-minute country music lesson.
He hits us with some Garth Brooks' 'Friends in Low Places," George Strait "You Look So Good In Love," Willie Nelson "Mama's Don't Let You Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys," George Jones "He Stopped Loving Her Today," Merle Haggard "Mama Tried," and Chris LeDoux "This Cowboy's Hat."
That'll be all, pencils down. Please pass your papers forward.
Be sure to give my new podcast a listen; Buddy Logan's Aircheck is available to stream or download anywhere fine podcasts can be found. We've got a great conversation with Cody Johnson up there now.