It’s been a month since a deranged gunman opened fire at a massive crowd at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas while Jason Aldean performed on stage.
In the days that have followed, security has been ramped up at many venues, and some country stars have admitted to having an exit plan should hell rain down again. But others, like Cody Johnson, are trying not to dwell on it.
“I don’t want it to be able to be read on my face,” he admits.
But that doesn’t mean he’s not thinking about it at all. He’s just thinking about it in a different way. In an exclusive interview with Rare Country, Cody explained, “I’m not going to get up there and wear a bulletproof vest onstage. I’m not going to address it and make people paranoid about it. My job is to make you not think about it. My job is to make sure that when you walk through that door with a broken heart, or political stress, or work or whatever you’ve got going on, no matter how shallow or how great, my job is to take you away from that and put you in my little world for about two hours.”
He does a good job of that. For almost two hours at a recent show at Nashville’s Cannery Ballroom, beers were high in the air, sing-alongs were loud and enthusiastic and dancers at the sold-out show had scoped out a corner of the floor to two-step to the Texan’s hits. If any fear was felt, it was far from obvious—from either fans or the country star.
Because, despite the shooting in Vegas and another recent shooting in the parking lot following a Jason Aldean show, Cody tries to keep the prospect of danger in perspective. “I worked at a place that was a lot more dangerous than what I have to worry about every night when I worked at the prison,” he said.
To be clear, Cody did “work” at a maximum security prison in Huntsville, Texas, between his gigs as a pro bull rider and the music star he is now. No wonder he’s so fearless.
Cody just released his sassy new single, “Wild As You,” the follow-up to his hit ballad, “With You I Am.” He’s also part of the upcoming “Faith In the Water” single with fellow Texans including Pat Green, Wade Bowen, Jack Ingram and Deryl Dodd. Proceeds from the sales of “Faith In the Water” benefit those affected by Texas’ devastating Hurricane Harvey.