photo courtesy of thecodyjohnsonband.com

Today's catch of the day comes from an artist who, in today's age of synthesizers and "bro-country" is a refreshing taste of the way country music should be. An artist who instead of looking for the next party, is instead looking for the next song to teach beyond our ears and catch our imaginations.

Cody Johnson and his band are no strangers to the top of the Texas Country music chart. His most recent single, "Cowboy Like Me" spent three weeks at number 1 back in May. Cody first came to Texas Country fans on his debut album Six Strings, One Dream, which climbed to #6 on the album charts back in 2009. The album feature three top-10 singles, including his first #1 hit "Pray For Rain".

Cody grew up in a musical household, being home-schooled until his freshman year in high school. His father Carl taught him guitar and they formed the original Cody Johnson Band with bass drummer Nathan Reedy in 2006. In 2009, the trio added bass player Danny Salinas and produced the debut album, adding guitarist Jeff Smith after the album's release. In 2010 fiddle player Jody Bartula signed on to round out the group.

photo courtesy of thecodyjohnsonband.com

A 2011 Texas Regional Music Award for New Male Vocalist of the Year convinced Johnson it was time to concentrate on his music full-time. After the win, he left his day job with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to concentrate on music full-time. Johnson's next album, A Different Day, was released in 2011 and featured two more top-10 singles on the Texas Chart.

Johnson released his third album, Cowboy Like Me, in September of 2014. It featured the title track, which climbed to #1; the second single is in today's spotlight. Cody Johnson and "Proud" is our catch of the day, new music you haven't heard, but you'll want to hear it again.