Cody Johnson announced his next project will be a 24-track double album, titled Cody Johnson: Leather. The new project marks Johnson’s second consecutive double album following his October 2021 project, Human, a two-disc project with 18 total tracks.
After sharing back in early February that he’s been in the studio working on new music, Cody also recently revealed that the record will include a duet with Carrie Underwood. Johnson shared ahead of the CMT Music Awards last month: “I actually just recorded a duet with her (Underwood) yesterday for my new album coming out. And getting to know her — man, she’s such a pro and everybody that she surrounds herself with are all very professional, as well. So I don’t mean this to sound bad, but it’s kind of hard to compete with that.”
Johnson explains that he plans to “release this one a little differently” than he did Human, but didn’t specify exactly how the roll-out process will be different. But since Human dropped all all once, it is expected Johnson plans to stagger Leather’s release over the course of multiple different dates. Said Johnson of a timeline for the album: “Maybe by the end of the year, maybe next year .. This round of 24 songs, I have to say, is the best round of songs I’ve ever recorded. And I feel like that’s the way it should be. Each album should outdo the last one. There’s some fun stuff. I think the theme of this new album is fun … It doesn’t matter whether it’s a ballad or whether it’s a tongue-in-cheek, kind of a fun [song], it all has to be fun. It all needs to make you wanna move around and bob your head a little bit.”
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