Cody Johnson teams with Ian Munsick for Western ballad

“Long Live Cowgirls” available now

Wyoming-born Ian Munsick is partnering up with native Texan Cody Johnson for a true country and western ballad. “Long Live Cowgirls” features descriptive, prairie-tinged lyrics Munsick penned alongside Aby Gutierrez and Phil O’Donnell, “Like a paint-colored mustang, she’s fast and she’s wild / stop a runaway freight train with her high-country smile / she’s tough as December, salt-of-the-Earth / make you fall like September, long live cowgirls. The duet is available now.

“When I think of modern country and western music, I think of Cody Johnson,” Munsick shares. “The way he pays respect to the tradition of the genre yet puts his own stamp on it is what has drawn me to his music for the last 10 years. ‘Long Live Cowgirls’ is a testament to the western way of life and how it’s still thriving today. There’s no one out there who represents that lifestyle better than CoJo.”

The duo first teamed up for Johnson’s headlining tour last fall, which will continue into 2022. The western-influenced singer/songwriter is known to fans for his independent releases as well as his major label debut, Coyote Cry. Munsick describes the album as a firm handshake of the cowboy and the hippy, the traditional and the contemporary, and everything in between. Born an audiophile and bred a multi-instrumentalist, Munsick co-produced each of the album’s 10 self-penned songs. He is currently nominated for four major titles at iHeartRadio’s Rocky Mountain Country Music Awards: Male Vocalist, Song, Album and Entertainer of the Year.

Meanwhile, Johnson wrapped 2021 having released a critically acclaimed, award-winning, feature-length documentary Dear Rodeo: The Cody Johnson Story, and two celebrated albums, Human The Double Album and A Cody Johnson Christmas. In just one year, Johnson accumulated nearly one billion streams with his career total nearing three billion. His current single “‘Til You Can’t” is skyrocketing up the country airplay charts, now in the Top 20. His reputation as a must-see live performer continues to grow. In addition to his ongoing headlining dates, featuring Munsick as support, Johnson will also headline RODEOHOUSTON before appearing on Luke Combs’ 2022 stadium tour this summer.

Buddy Iahn
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