Cody Johnson was raw in many ways when he visited the Radio Texas, Live! with Buddy Logan to record this featured interview, but there's no mistaking him as anyone but the confident hitmaker he'd become.

The Texan has a couple of national radio hits under his belt buckle in 2021. In April 2011, he was a regional artist, but when you're from Texas, that classification carries a lot of weight. Just prior to this conversation he'd won his first major country awards — honors that propelled (or justified) his decision to quit his day job and make country music a full-time career.

This week, CoJo is the featured guest on the Radio Texas Live Legends podcast, an on-demand offering from Taste of Country and the Townsquare Media Network.

If you've followed Johnson for years, you'll hear a man a little more reserved than the man you hear today. He was three albums into his music career by then and ready to share new songs from his next album A Different Day, which arrived five months after the mics were turned off.

"Jesus Ain't Watching" is one of the songs he talks about in detail. We're not able to share his live performance, but you can enjoy the rowdy final cut here:

The song, like Johnson, is raw but true. His style is a little slicker in 2021, but no less genuine. With a new album in the works, fans of this star are eager to hear how Nashville did — or did not — change him. Those new to Cody Johnson's music will get a couple of song suggestions and learn all about his influences.

Radio Texas, Live! With Buddy Logan broadcasts from 101.5 KNUE in Tyler, Texas, and is syndicated on 16 stations in Texas, Louisiana, Colorado, South Dakota, Arkansas and Oklahoma. Logan's radio career sandwiches six years spent in the U.S. Army, but since 2008 he's been as dependable of a Saturday night show as legends like George Strait and Pat Green. Charlie Robison, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Robert Earl Keen, Jason Boland and Cory Morrow are a few artists you'll hear each week, and you can listen online.

Follow Radio Texas Live Legends on Apple PodcastsSpotify, Tune In and more for episodes every Wednesday through August. Learn what makes a true Radio Texas Live Legend.

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