Cody Johnson brought more than his bona fide country music to a sold-out throng of 8,000 fans on Saturday night.
He may as well have packed a pile of poker chips and served warning on every country act, real or pseudo, that plans a stop in St. Louis this year: He is all in with a show that will be hard to beat.
The crowd at Chaifetz Arena clearly would bet on CoJo. From the opening words of “Honky Tonk Hardwood Floors” to his speedy segue to “With You I Am,” the former Texas rodeo cowboy and prison guard had fans wrapped tightly around his finger — and pledged to give them “every ounce of sweat and energy out of my body” all night.
He delivered like Amazon — jumping around the stage, kicking like a colt for emphasis and pouring his strong voice into songs like “Dance Her Home,” “Son of a Ramblin’ Man” and “Me and My Kind.” Note to Nashville: Almost none of these songs can be heard on the radio, and yet fans sang along to nearly everything. Go figure.
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As the show was nearing the last 30 minutes, Johnson perched on a stool near the stage front and described how he had been performing in pain for four or five years, …….