COJO Music / Warner Music Nashville Platinum artist Cody Johnson’s new album Leather is available Today! The 12-song project includes his new smash single, “The Painter,” which landed at #1 on SiriusXM’s The Highway’s Hot 30 Countdown this week, and also features Brooks & Dunn and Jelly Roll.
Leather was produced by Trent Willmon and is Cody’s third major label studio album release following Ain’t Nothin’ To It in 2019 and 2021’s Human The Double Album.
Cody will perform Leather’s first single “The Painter” for the first time for television audiences on “The 57th Annual CMA Awards” to be broadcast live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena 8:00-11:00 PM/EST on ABC.
Cody goes into the show as a Male Vocalist of The Year nominee.
Cody was a double CMA Award winner in 2022 taking home the honors in the “Video of The Year” and “Single of The Year” categories for his career-making (and Grammy winning) #1 hit “’Til You Can’t.”
Upon the release of the album media has boasted about the entertainer and the new music.
“Just one listen makes it very clear that he is the genre’s benchmark.”HOLLER MAGAZINE
“The singer captured that same unapologetic storytelling throughout the remainder of the record and even on the (album’s) cover photo.”COUNTRY NOW
The photo shoot for the album was done on Cody’s ranch during a long, hard day working with cattle that left his hands dirty and bloody.
“I think it’s the first song [“The Painter”] I’ve ever recorded where I sing it in my talking voice. I intentionally tried to stay out of the way of the song, so the listener could paint their own image, and have their own interpretation of it.CODY JOHNSON
But for me, obviously, it’s about my wife [Brandi].
Without her, my world wouldn’t be what it is.
We’ve been together for 15 years, so we’ve had some real highs, had some real lows.
We’ve been through a lot together.
She has stuck with me through thick and thin, and I think she deserves for me to be able to say this song is for her.”
He also spoke about them about the new album and being ‘authentic.’
“People appreciate authenticity, whether it’s me being a cowboy and singing something that reminds people of ‘90s country stuff they grew up on, or someone like the Zach Bryans and guys that are more like what probably is considered Americana, or Jelly Roll, who is completely the opposite of me, musically.”CODY JOHNSON
“The Painter” comes from “one of mainstream country’s sturdiest performers, extends his streak of music that’s deeply earnest, unflashily produced, and a blend of emotionally stoic and trembling.”THE NEW YORK TIMES
LEATHER TRACK LIST
1- “Work Boots” (Jason Afable, Brett Beavers, Canaan Smith)
2- “Double Down” (Jeff Hyde, Adam James, Clint Daniels)
3- “Watching My Old Flame” (Kat Higgins, Wynn Varble, Clint Daniels)
4- “That’s Texas” (Andy Sheridan, Erik Dylan, Wyatt McCubbin)
5- “Dirt Cheap” (Josh Phillips)
6- “Jesus Loves You” (Mark Holman, Chase McGill, Michael Hardy)
7- “Whiskey Bent” (feat. Jelly Roll) (Adam James, Mikey Reaves, Rocky Block)
8- “Leather” (Ian Munsick, Rivers Rutherford, Jeremy Spillman)
9- “People In The Back” (Devin Dawson, Austin Taylor Smith, Mark Trussell)
10- “Long Live Country Music” (feat. Brooks & Dunn) (Phil O’Donnell, Wade Kirby, Trent Willmon)
11- “The Painter” (Kat Higgins, Benjy Davis, Ryan Larkins)
12- “Make Me A Mop” (Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington, Alan Shamblin)
Cody announced his 2024 touring plans with “The Leather Tour” launching on January 19 in Sacramento at the Golden 1 Center.
The 2024 schedule includes Cody’s first headline performance in Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on February 2, 2024.
Special guests on the tour next year include Justin Moore, Chris Janson, Dillon Carmichael, and Drake Milligan.
Support guests vary by market. Go to Codyjohnsonmusic.com for tickets and more details. Tour on sale NOW!
THE LEATHER TOUR 2024
1-19 Sacramento, CA | Golden 1 Center
1-20 Anaheim, CA | Honda Center
1-26 San Deigo, CA | Pechanga Arena
1-27 Glendale, AZ | Desert Diamond Arena
2-2 Nashville, TN | Bridgestone Arena
2-9 Wichita, KS | Intrust Bank Arena
2-10 N. Little Rock, AR | Simmons Bank Arena
2-16 Sunrise, FL | Amerant Bank Arena
2-17 Jacksonville, FL | Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena
3-15 Indianapolis, IN | Gainbridge Fieldhouse
3-16 Birmingham, AL | Legacy Arena @ BJCC
3-22 Worcester, MA | DCU Center
3-23 Baltimore, MD | CFG Bank Arena
4-12 Lexington, KY | RUPP Arena
4-13 Memphis, TN | FedEx Forum
4-20 Georgetown, TX | Two Step Inn Festival
4-25 Boise, ID | ExtraMile Arena
4-26 Spokane, WA | Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena
4-27 Tacoma, WA | Tacoma Dome
5-2 Calgary, AB | The Scotiabank Saddledome
5-4 Abbotsford, BC | Abbotsford Ent & Sports Complex
5-17 Des Moines, IA | Wells Fargo Arena
5-18 Fargo, ND | FARGODOME
5-31 New Orleans, LA | Smoothie King Center
6-1 Panama City Beach, FL | Gulf Coast Jam+
6-14 N. Lawrence, OH | The Country Fest+
6-13 Bloomington, IL | Tailgate N’ Tallboys+ (on sale now)
7-11 Ft. Loramie, OH | Country Concert @ Hickory Hills Lakes+
7-13 Chicago, IL | Windy City Smokeout+ (on sale now)
8-17 Denver, CO | Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater
+Cody Festival dates
ABOUT CODY JOHNSON
Known for his explosive live shows and electrifying stage presence, COJO Music / Warner Music Nashville Platinum recording artist Cody Johnson has established a following of passionately loyal fans who regularly sell out shows across the country.
MusicRow predicted Cody “just might be the future of real country music” as his career has skyrocketed with three celebrated albums, Human The Double Album, A Cody Johnson Christmas and Cody Johnson & The Rockin’ CJB Live, and an award-winning feature-length documentary “Dear Rodeo: The Cody Johnson Story.”
He has 17 career RIAA certifications, a Pandora Billionaire Award and over 5 billion global streams.
His numerous industry honors include recognition as a CMT Artist of The Year, three CMT Music Awards wins, two CMA Awards and being named “Best New Country Artist” at the iHeart Music Awards.
His television appearances have entertained fans on the Today Show, the Kelly Clarkson Show and the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in addition to outstanding live tv performances at the iHeart Music Awards, the ACM Awards, CMA Awards, CMT Giants honoring Vince Gill, and the CMT Artist of the Year Special.
Cody’s stellar 2023 CMT Music Awards performances included hit “Human” and featured him as a lead vocalist on a show-stopping all-star tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd featuring a stacked lineup of music royalty including Cody, Billy Gibbons, Chuck Leavell, Paul Rodgers, Slash & Warren Haynes, alongside LeAnn Rimes and Wynonna Judd.
On the CMA Fest 2023 special Cody and Reba McEntire delivered a knock-out rendition of “Whoever’s in New England.”