Promoters with the upcoming Fifth Annual Way Out West Country Music Festival announced Tuesday that country singer/songwriter, Cody Johnson, will headline event.
El Paso’s country music festival, set for Saturday, October 2nd at Southwest University Park, will feature several top country music acts from the great state of Texas; with opening acts to be announced throughout the summer.
“I don’t sing nothing if you can’t see my soul,” Johnson says. “If it’s ‘Long Haired Country Boy,’ when you see me, you know I can walk that walk, but when we are playing a gospel song, I want you to know that I feel that too. I do want you to feel the sadness in ‘Husbands and Wives.’ It’s a weird thing to want to show your soul to people and still want privacy in your life.”
After landing two releases in the Top 10 of Billboard’s country albums chart on his own CoJo label, and selling 74,000 tickets for a single show, Johnson earned recognition as the only unsigned artist in history to sell out NRG Stadium at Rodeo Houston.
Johnson quickly became one of Texas’ most-sought-after talents and finally agreed to sign with a major label. Warner Music Nashville won a Music Row sweepstakes and enticed Johnson, who had turned down several major labels before, to join the team and take a shot at turning a concert success story into one with multimedia, national hit-making credibility.
Johnson’s passionate, rowdy concerts have already drawn comparisons to Garth Brooks and the music from his previous albums – inspired by ‘90s country foundations but built for the 21st century – has made him a familiar presence on Texas and Oklahoma red-dirt radio.