The country singer brought two different sides of his artistry by highlighting separate parts of his personality through the story-based tracks. “God Bless the Boy (Cori’s Song)” tells the tale of the man who will, one day, sweep his daughter off her feet and become the true love of her life. He sings about the struggle of stubbornness he faces with his little girl, and how he can’t wait to see how much someone will give to her in the future.
“Stronger” rides a little rougher, but has a similar sentiment dedicated to that special someone. Johnson admits to his humble faults that allow him to take a backseat and let the woman in the song be the tough one. He highlights the passion he has for the lady who takes on challenges with grit and grace all the same.
Johnson’s strategy while leading up to his big project has him releasing two new singles every month until the double album is out. In June, he gave fans “‘Til You Can’t” and “Longer Than She Did.” He even locked down a duet with the legendary Willie Nelson called “Sad Songs and Waltzes,” which follows that old outlaw feeling Nelson has inspired Johnson to follow.
The double album is expected to come out later this fall.
Not only is Johnson gearing up for his double album, but he is also hitting the big screen in his first-ever film. Dear Rodeo: The Cody Johnson Story will recount the singer’s journey from riding in the ring to make it big up on the main stage. He confronts the transition in all of its great peaks and treacherous pits as he embraces his true cowboy identity.
“I think oftentimes a cowboy isn’t something you do, as much as it is who you really are inside,” said Johnson recently.
The film is slated to hit theaters on August 10.