When Cody Johnson released his autobiographical song “Dear Rodeo,” fans got an inside look at a man who bid farewell to his life as a rodeo star and changed paths to music. The four-minute track is just a little glimpse into that journey, which will now be expanded upon in the new documentary film, Dear Rodeo: The Cody Johnson Story.
Directed by Shaun Silva, the film will share Johnson’s life, from his one of his first performances to his headlining tour gigs today. Fans will be treated to guest appearances from Reba McEntire, Navy Seal Chris Kyle’s widow Taya (Kyle), Houston Ranch’s James Barton, along with Johnson’s wife Brandi (Johnson), his producer Trent Willmon, his pastor Randy Weaver and his high school teachers.
“It went from being my life story to being everybody’s life story,” said Johnson of the song. He adds, “I think oftentimes a cowboy isn’t something you do, as much as it is who you really are inside.”
Dear Rodeo: The Cody Johnson Story will be brought to movie theaters nationwide for limited screenings by Trafalgar Releasing, beginning August 10.
“We find a little piece of ourselves in the Cody Johnson story,” said Kymberli Frueh, Trafalgar Releasing SVP of Content Acquisitions, in a press release. “Sometimes the roads you originally walk down take a different turn. It reminds us all to be agile and have faith in what may come. An artist with Cody’s musical talent and inspiration make this such a pleasure to share with his fans on the Big Screen.”
Tickets for the movie will go on sale beginning Wednesday, July 14, with pre-sale tickets available the day before. For screening and ticket information, visit codyjohnsonfilm.com.