Cody Johnson announces documentary film

Trafalgar Releasing brings Dear Rodeo: The Cody Johnson Story to cinemas this summer

COJO Music/Warner Music Nashville and Trafalgar Releasing are proud to announce a theatrical event release for Dear Rodeo: The Cody Johnson Story, with limited screenings beginning August 10th. The film, from rising country music superstar Cody Johnson and Tacklebox Films, recounts Johnson’s real-life journey from the dusty rodeo arenas of rural Texas to some of the biggest musical stages in America. With guest appearances by Reba McEntire (with whom he shares a duet version of “Dear Rodeo“), 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, Johnson opens up about how his years on the rodeo circuit fortuitously prepared him for his life as a country star.

“I think oftentimes a cowboy isn’t something you do, as much as it is who you really are inside,” shares Johnson.

“We find a little piece of ourselves in the Cody Johnson story,” states Kymberli Frueh, Trafalgar Releasing SVP of Content Acquisitions. “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.”

The evocative and celebratory Dear Rodeo: The Cody Johnson Story will be screened in select movie theaters nationwide on Tuesday, August 10th. Public ticketing begins on Wednesday, July 14th, with a fan pre-sale the day before via codyjohnsonfilm.com.

Johnson’s hit song, “Dear Rodeo,” paints the heartbreaking picture of how the rodeo was his first love that got away. But a four minute song isn’t enough to tell the full story of his move from the rodeo to the radio. The new cinematic feature-length documentary, directed by Shaun Silva, is the much bigger picture. As Johnson says, “It went from being my life story to being everybody’s life story.” The film goes deeper than an autobiography, sharing more than just Johnson’s story. It’s a love letter to everyone who has had to abandon a dream in order to find true purpose.

The film takes viewers on the rollercoaster of emotions Johnson rode on his journey to success beyond his wildest dreams. It starts with Johnson’s first attempts at bull riding in high school – just a rookie, but enough of a hotshot to get on bulls he had no business getting on and learned the hard way that nobody’s going to pick you up and dust you off. With never-before-seen footage of Johnson’s first times on stage during high school Future Farmers of America talent shows, and videos from his countless bull rides, fans will see what it looked like behind the scenes as he was shifting gears.

Every emotion Johnson felt over the past 20 years – whether he was standing in the back of the chute at the rodeo or singing about it in front of 75,000 fans – is captured vividly in this film, with all the highs and lows that come from the dreams you cling to and the dreams you ultimately let go.

Buddy Iahn
Buddy Iahn

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