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Feb 25, 2019

It’s Easy For Boot Scootin’ Cody Johnson To Mix Red Dirt Attitude With Approachable Country Rock

Yes, for Cody Johnson, it’s easy – matter of fact – as the title of his glorious new album suggests, there Ain’t Nothin to It. I was not super familiar with Cody’s work, but listening to several of his seven total albums, I noticed the man had a penchant for providing trendy Country music with just the right balance of Pop and traditional sound. This holds true for his whole career, which began way back with his first release in 2006. Those albums had tracks which incorporated a lot of fun and listenability, though I must say, leaned towards formula more than revelatory musical transcendence. What is noticeably different about his latest effort Ain’t Nothin’ to It is it contains a much more old fashioned profile to the majority of its songs, even when they may rock in a relatively more-modern nineties way. Which is to say, perhaps this is not a throwback to the sixties or seventies, but rather a throwback to the heyday of bands and artists such as George Strait, Garth Brooks, Brooks & Dunn, Alan Jackson, Dwight Yoakam and Randy Travis. Is it a prerequisite of style that must satisfy my musical tastes? I’m not exactly sure about all of that. I honestly just want to her the sound of solid and true music, whatever the generic origin, to remind me of the inherent goodness that American music has to offer. I simply can’t understand why music made by Cody Johnson doesn’t get play when cheap imitations reap all of the glory.

Written by @taylor

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