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Dear Rodeo: The Cody Johnson Story

COJO Nation, are y’all ready? Dear Rodeo: The Cody Johnson Story is coming to cinemas nationwide on August 10th. COJO Music, Warner Music Nashville, and Trafalgar Releasing are thrilled to announce this theatrical event release, there will be limited screenings. Resistol and Wrangler are proud sponsors for Cody Johnson.

Cody Johnson at Whitewater Amphitheater in New Braunfels, TX - Photo Credit: Megan deFabry, Cowboy Lifestyle Network
Cody Johnson at Whitewater Amphitheater in New Braunfels, TX – Photo Credit: Megan deFabry, Cowboy Lifestyle Network

At the start of the film, you’ll see Johnson’s first attempts at bull riding in high school. Johnson learned the hard way that nobody’s going to pick you up and dust you off. He was a rookie and got on some bulls he had no business getting on. You’ll see some never-before-seen footage of Johnson’s countless bull rides along with his first times performing on stage at the Future Farmers of America talent show in high school. You’ll see what it was like when Johnson was shifting gears and taking on a different road. 

Photo Credit: Cody Johnson's Facebook
Photo Credit: Cody Johnson’s Facebook

Through all the highs and lows, the dreams you grasp onto to the ones that have slipped away, you’ll witness it all in this film. You’ll see Johnson in the back of a chute at a rodeo to singing about his journey to a crowd of 75,000 fans. This film is full of every kind of emotion Johnson has experienced over the past 20 years and it tells an incredible story.

“I think oftentimes a cowboy isn’t something you do, as much as it is who you really are inside.”

Cody Johnson

Photo Credit: Cody Johnson's Facebook
Photo Credit: Cody Johnson’s Facebook

There will be some special guest appearances by Navy Seal Chris Kyle’s widow, Taya Kyle, Johnson’s wife Brandi Johnson, Reba McEntire, Houston Ranch’s James Barton, Johnson’s producer, Trent Willmon, his high school teachers, and his pastor, Randy Weaver. Johnson opens up on how life as a country star was unexpectedly prepared by his years on the rodeo circuit. 

Photo Credit: Cody Johnson's Facebook
Photo Credit: Cody Johnson’s Facebook

Cody Johnson’s hit song, “Dear Rodeo” gave you some insight into how rodeo was his first love that he had to let go of. The song wasn’t long enough to tell people the full story though. So this documentary will give you all the details as to how and why Cody Johnson made his move from rodeo life to now being a country music superstar on the radio. 

Dear Rodeo: The Cody Johnson Story is a unique and one-of-a-kind documentary that is directed by Shaun Silva. This film is much more than just sharing Johnson’s story, his autobiography, it dives deep and has a strong message to give. This film presents you with a love letter to everyone who has had to cast aside a dream in order to find a new passion and purpose in life.

“It went from being my life story to being everybody’s life story.” 

Cody Johnson

Cody Johnson at Whitewater Amphitheater in New Braunfels, TX - Credit: Megan deFabry, Cowboy Lifestyle Network
Cody Johnson at Whitewater Amphitheater in New Braunfels, TX – Credit: Megan deFabry, Cowboy Lifestyle Network

Through hard work, dedication and staying true to himself, Cody Johnson has become a rising country music artist icon. You’ll see Johnson’s journey from playing at old rodeo arenas of rural Texas to now playing on some of the biggest musical stages in the United States. Be sure to check out Dear Rodeo: The Cody Johnson Story on August 10th. For ticketing and the most current information regarding participating theaters please visit, www.codyjohnsonfilm.com

Howdy, I'm Megan deFabry, I grew up in Reno, Nevada & I now live in Austin, Texas. I'm very passionate about digital marketing and journalism, especially within the western industry. I have a love for rodeos, country music, and maintaining the country way of life!

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