A press release from COJO Music/Warner Music Nashville and Trafalgar Releasing describes the film as recounting "Johnson's real-life journey from the dusty rodeo arenas of rural Texas to some of the biggest musical stages in America."
"Johnson's hit song, 'Dear Rodeo,' paints the heartbreaking picture of how the rodeo was his first love that got away," reads the press release. "But a four-minute song isn't enough to tell the full story of his move from the rodeo to the radio. The brand-new cinematic feature-length documentary, directed by Shaun Silva, is the much bigger picture. As Johnson says, 'It went from being my life story to being everybody's life story.' The film goes deeper than an autobiography, sharing more than just Johnson's story. It's a love letter to everyone who has had to abandon a dream in order to find true purpose."
#COJONation! I'm happy to announce that Dear Rodeo: The Cody Johnson Story will be showing in theaters across the nation, with limited screenings from August 10!
— Cody Johnson (@codyjohnson) July 7, 2021
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Reba McEntire, Johnson's collaborator for the duet version of the song "Dear Rodeo," will make a guest appearance, as will Navy SEAL Chris Kyle's widow Taya and Houston Ranch's James Barton. We'll also get takes on Johnson's transition from the rodeo life to country music stardom from his wife Brandi, his producer Trent Willmon, his pastor Randy Weaver and his high school teachers.
"We find a little piece of ourselves in the Cody Johnson story," said Kymberli Frueh, Trafalgar Releasing SVP of Content Acquisitions, in a press release. "Sometimes the roads you originally walk down take a different turn. It reminds us all to be agile and have faith in what may come. An artist with Cody's musical talent and inspiration make this such a pleasure to share with his fans on the Big Screen."
For more information, visit the film's official website.