Cody Johnson (www.codyjohnsonmusic.com) will be making his Cheatham Street Warehouse debut tonight. The show will start around 9:30, and Jaime Cortinas (www.musicbones.net) will be the opening act. A first show at historic Cheatham Street (www.cheathamstreet.com) is a right of passage for bands in the scene, and this should be a high energy show.
Cody Johnson‘s unique blend of Country and Rock has made him one of the top touring acts in the Texas music scene. Texas music fans first heard Cody Johnson through his radio singles such as “Nobody to Blame” (#6 on the Texas music charts in 2009); his #1″Pray for Rain” (2009 – 2010); and “Texas Kind of Way” (#6, late 2010 – 2011). Cody grew up in Sebastopol, a tiny town in the East Texas piney woods. Once he started in music, he sold his acoustic CDs from the back of his truck during three years of bull-riding. After graduation, Johnson worked for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in Huntsville. “ Seeing how easy it was to go to prison set me on the ‘straight and narrow’.” While in Huntsville, Cody met Nathan Reedy, who became his new drummer. With Cody’s dad Carl playing bass, the trio began traveling as the Cody Johnson Band. “Black & White Label” was released, and the band started to make a name for themselves. Winning the Texas’ Regional Music Awards as New Male Vocalist of the Year, 2011 allowed him the confidence to quit his day job and follow his dream. He flew to Nashville to record a new CD with Nashville studio musicians, “ A Different Day “(released October 31,2011). Johnson says “I don’t want to be labeled as ‘Texas’ or ‘Nashville.’ I am me: Texas, outlaw, cowboy, country, and a God-fearing man using the gift He gave me.”
When Jaime Cortinas was was young there were only two types of music allowed in his house: Country and Tejano. His father was heavy into singers like Mel Tillis, Charlie Pride, Darrell McCall, Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson. He has always been captivated by music and especially by the lyrics of a song. In the mid-90’s, fed up with the direction of country music, he turned to local musicians for refuge. He lived in Leon Springs, TX where guys like Robert Earl Keen Jr. and Charlie Robison were beginning to make names for themselves. When he was 16 a friend gave him a CD by a guy named Chris Knight. He was immediately hooked. It was through listening to this type of independent music that he discovered writers like Joe Ely, Houston Marchman, Tom Russell, Guy Clark, Lucinda Williams and Townes Van Zandt. When he turned 17 his dad bought him a $60 guitar, a tuner and a chord chart. He spent all his time since then learning to play and write songs.In 2010 he released his solo EP “How’s the weather?” , and has been playing shows at great venues like Cheatham st, Poor David’s Pub, and The Old Quarter Acoustic Café since. Cortinas is a storyteller, a captivating writer whether singing about a poker game with the devil or love.
Tonight will surely be another great night at Cheatham Street, and you should plan to be there.