The video captures Johnson alone in a recording studio as he belts out the beloved Reba tune. Johnson’s vocal prowess and aching delivery is most palpable in the final chorus as he hits the key change in true perfection.
“When whoever’s in New England is through with you / And Boston finds better things to do / You know it’s not too late ’cause you’ll always have a place to go / When whoever’s in New England’s through with you,” the country star croons over gentle guitar strums.
Last month, Johnson and McEntire— both Texas natives—collaborated for a duet version of Johnson’s single, “Dear Rodeo.”
“The story behind ‘Dear Rodeo’ is more a story about life and less about rodeo,” Johnson said in a statement. “I feel like everybody has their own ‘Dear Rodeo’ story and when I found out that Reba was impacted by this song enough to want to do a duet, it was probably one of the coolest things I’ve ever done in my career. Reba adds a certain level of authenticity to this song that makes it so special. I love it when people sing songs about rodeo and cowboys, but there’s a little bit of a different feel when you know that somebody can walk the walk they’re talking.”
“It was a thrill to get to sing ‘Dear Rodeo’ with Cody because we’re both from the rodeo world,” McEntire added in a press event. “I grew up in a rodeo family, I’m a third-generation rodeo brat. So the song means a lot to me because I did leave rodeo to be in the country music business. I sure miss it.”
Watch Johnson’s perform his rendition of “Whoever’s In New England” above, and listen to “Dear Rodeo” on our New Nashville playlist below.