Cody Johnson’s ‘Red Dirt Road’ Cover Reminds Us That Country Music Is Alive and Well

ACM New Male Artist of the Year nominee just dropped an acoustic cover of Brooks & Dunn’s “Red Dirt Road”…


Lauren Jo Black

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March 5, 2020

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ACM New Male Artist of the Year nominee just dropped an acoustic cover of Brooks & Dunn’s “Red Dirt Road” and it’s pure country gold.

The clip showcases the Texas native strumming an acoustic guitar while backed by members of his band. Seated in what appears to be an empty bar, Johnson’s commanding vocals bring the beloved song to life.

Watch the just-released acoustic cover above.

Johnson previously teamed up with Brooks & Dunn to cover the song on the duo’s 2019 Reboot album. “Red Dirt Road” was written by Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn and released in 2003. It soon reached No.1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart and is regarded by many as one of the best songs in Brooks & Dunn’s catalog.

Cody Johnson is currently on tour with Miranda Lambert, performing as direct support on her Wildcard Tour through May.

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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.