Summer of '21 - best summer since i was a kid

As summer draws closer to an end with the steamy Nashville skyline in my background, I reflect on the last few months and realize it has been one amazing summer! We left Nashville in May, made a lap around the western United States, came back mid-July & have been going non-stop since.

Not listed: 5/30 - Tuscon, AZ ~ 6/11 - Bakersfield, CA ~ 6/15 - Crescent City, CA
Summer '21 Freedom Tour
End of May, Middle of June (Arizona & California)

Private Parties!

We've played several private parties along the way and did this one for a wedding rehearsal at Reba McIntire's old homestead in Gallatin, TN. Congrats Martin & Lexi!
For more information on availability and booking a private party, go to our website: 
(left:Cody Joe Hodges / right:Justin Branum)
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Cody Joe Hodges to open for Mark Wills at the Saltville, VA - Labor Day 2021 Music Festival

The road has been long and winding, with many turns, but we stay on God's course and keep traveling the journey.  Very proud to say we will be at this years Saltville, VA - Labor Day 2021 Music Festival where Mark Wills will be headlining on Monday, September 6th, 2021.  

Upcoming events

I'll be working a few venues in Nashville as my hub til' the middle of October, before heading out west again for our fall tour.  With many performances around town, I'll also be traveling out of state to Kentucky, Virginia, North Carolina & South Carolina over the next couple of months.  For an updated calendar, go to
(picture by: Megan at Losers Downtown, Nashville, TN)

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Middle of June to Beginning of July (Oregon, Washington, Wyoming, Colorado)

That Country Sound

We are in the final stages of mixing "That Country Sound" at The House of David - Recording Studio on Music Row, originally recorded at Misstyx Recording Studio near the Grand Ole' Opry.  The album will feature 12 new tracks and 4 of my previous singles - to include the new single, "Give Me Back My Freedom".

The time goes fast and the wheel turns slow - we wanted to have the album out by now, but that's okay.  I've always heard measure twice, cut once & it applies to every step of the way here too.  We've been bouncing ideas back and forth all summer with our head engineer Brandon and am confident this will be the best one yet!

That Country Sound - (Album)
Written by: Cody Joe Hodges & Jamie McKean 

writing credits:
That Country Sound - w/Alex Maxwell
She's a Rose - w/David E. Johnson
I Bet It All On You - w/Matt Hundley
Sideways - w/Micah Taylor Stewart
Catch That Star - w/Steve Luna
Whole Lotta Nada - w/Peter Ericksen 
Love At First Bite - w/Larry Alderman, Larry Wnorowski
Your Wild Heart - w/Micah Howard
Make It Thru Monday - w/Johnson, Hundley
The Ride That Never Ends 
Another You 
The Birdcage
- w/Hadley Moody, Micah Taylor Stewart

That Country Sound album credits:
vocals & guitar: Cody Joe Hodges
bass: Tim Patterson
drums: Darla Rae Perlozzi-Patterson
guitar: James Mitchell 
steel: Jay Andrews
keys: Don Bradley
fiddle: Matt Hundley 
guitar: Micah Taylor Stewart
vocals: Matt Long
vocals: Jamie McKean Hodges
engineer: Rodney Ingle
engineer/guitar: Brandon Henegar
Recorded at Misstyx
Mixed at House of David:
Special Thx to David Briggs

Mastered: TBD
(photo by: Morgan Taylor Senters)

I am constantly inspired by my wife Jamie - she has not only gone above & beyond with management of me - a job on it's own, but has become quite a navigator in the music business & her songwriting is well above par too, which makes me a better writer.   We make each other better in many different ways.  

In 2020, she picked up the cajon & started singing some with me.  She's always been shy to sing and I rarely have heard her sing in the 9 or so years I've known her, but something happened over last year that ignited a spark in her.  🤷🏽‍♂️ She is also becoming a staple performer in my band, taking the stage name JROK; showcasing and honing her talents on cajon and background vocals.  I haven't talked her into lead vocals just yet, but it's not uncommon to have someone in the crowd want her to sing one.  

JROK knows my songs because she co-wrote most of them and it's a plus that she's a fan of country music. Traveling as an acoustical duo, picking up a player or two here or there has been a blessing in many ways and we're looking forward to getting back to full band speed. In many smaller to mid-size venues, the cajon is a perfect fit, keeping the overall volume just a tad lower compared to the drums.

If there's some place you think we need to play or want to have us play your fair, festival, or private event, drop us a message at:
stay strong,
Cody Joe
(photo by: Jamie McKean Hodges)
Last leg of the Summer '21 Freedom Tour (South Dakota, Wisconsin, Tennessee)
If you haven't already got your copy, here's a book written between my wife Jamie and our neighbor Amanda.  Get yours today - "Prayers From The Front Porch" on - how faith and friendship got us through 2020
Here's the last month of our musical journey.  Mid-July to Mid-August.  We've seen plenty of fireworks in the last month, so it was very fitting to add them.  
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