Deluxe Version of Cody Johnson’s “Leather” Is Complete And Will Be Released This Fall

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Cody Johnson’s ninth studio album Leather hit speakers in November

Texas-born country star, Cody Johnson, released his highly anticipated album Leather on November 3rd, 2023. The project contains a total of 12 tracks, including two collaborations: “Long Live Country Music” with Brooks & Dunn and “Whiskey Bent” with Jelly Roll.

Just three days after its release, Leather became the top country album on Apple Music.

In an October interview with Billboard, Cody Johnson hinted that a deluxe version of the record was in the works and would feature even more special collaborations.

The deluxe version of Leather will be released this fall

This week, during a performance at the Country Radio Seminar (CRS) in Nashville, Cody Johnson announced that he had just completed the extended version of his most recent album. Leather (Deluxe) will have a fall 2024 release date that is not yet specified.

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The inspiration behind Leather 

In the same conversation with Billboard, Cody Johnson recalled his first reaction to the album’s title track, which was written by Ian Munsick, Rivers Rutherford, and Jeremy Spillman:

“My jaw dropped… Everything about a cowboy has to do with leather, so lines about it taking ‘Years of work and dirt and hurt to make him,’ or ‘He’ll start out stiff and rough, but give him time and he’ll soften up/ And that just makes him twice as tough’… It is so well-written.”

The cover art for the album furthers portrays the grit and strength of the cowboy. Johnson tells the story behind the photographs:

“I was working at the ranch that day, so I told my photographer Chris Douglas to come over. That’s blood and hair in that picture from castrating bulls and giving them shots that day. We didn’t stage any of that. We got started at 5:00 a.m. and worked all day and he ended up getting some incredible photos while we were working.”

Listen to the title track “Leather” by Cody Johnson below! 

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