Cody Johnson's 'Ain't Nothin' To It' is Country Music Gold
For those that follow Texas / Red Dirt music, Cody Johnson is not a new name. We were fully aware of the talent Johnson has for quite some time.
However, for those who listen to country music radio, Johnson may be a new name and only became familiar due to his latest single, "On My Way To You". It has hard to believe the new album, Ain't Nothin' To It, is Johnson's debut album with a major label. What is even better about this "debut" is that the industry allowed Johnson to stay true to himself and his music.
Ain't Nothin' To It is the album for those wanting country music to go back to a more traditional sound. Johnson is able to create a 15-track collection of songs that will please every country music loving soul. He finds the perfect balance of keeping his traditional sound, yet there are many on the album that will be successful on country radio.
The lead song and title-track, "Ain't Nothin' To It", sets the bar for what you are to expect from the full album. No filters, excellent story telling, and good 'ol country music.
The current single "On My Way To You" and "Fenceposts" are those country love songs that we have been missing on the radio. They are sincere, true, and speak of lasting love.
"Doubt Me Now" is a wakeup call to all the haters out there. The personal story about a "friend" that was anything but. The chip-on-your-shoulder tune will have many yelling "Hell, Yeah" when this one is performed live.
Storytelling at its best can be found on "Monday Morning Merle". The song paints a vivid portrait of the blue collar life.
"Dear Rodeo" is about as personal as you can get on this album. As Johnson sings about his past and giving up his first passion, the rodeo circuit, you can hear the reflectiveness in his voice. The song can be relatable to every single person. We all have our "rodeo".
Ain't Nothin' To It also contains two covers songs. "Husbands and Wives" from Brooks & Dunn, and "Long Haired Country Boy" by Charlie Daniels. Both cover songs fit seamlessly into this collection.
From start to finish, Ain't Nothin' To It is album that allows the listener to understand who Cody Johnson is. It is apparent Johnson has found the perfect recipe for a country song with this record.
You can find the full album, along with all of this week's new music, on our Spotify New Country Tunes playlist here.