Cody Johnson Shares Heartfelt Cover of Reba McEntire’s ‘Whoever’s In New England’

After teaming up with Reba McEntire for a duet of his song, “Dear Rodeo,” Cody Johnson has released an acoustic…


Lauren Jo Black

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October 30, 2020


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Cody Johnson, Reba; Photo Courtesy Warner Music Nashville

After teaming up with Reba McEntire for a duet of his song, “Dear Rodeo,” Cody Johnson has released an acoustic cover of McEntire‘s chart-topping hit, “Whoever’s In New England.”

Johnson recorded his take on the Grammy-winning song at Orb Recording Studio in Austin. The Texas native’s vocals are on full display throughout the clip as he performs the iconic song with just an acoustic guitar.

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Johnson’s “Dear Rodeo” is at country radio now. The emotional song, which was co-written by Johnson and Dan Couch, highlights the highs and lows of rodeo life. It was the Top 3 most-added song at country radio upon its release and has raked in over 45 million global streams to date.

“Dear Rodeo” is featured on Johnson’s major-label debut album Ain’t Nothin’ To It.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.