ARTIST NAME: Cody Joe Hodges
SONG TITLE: The House of the Rising Sun
RELEASE DATE: 2/11/18
Cody Joe Hodges was destined to be a performer. The first time he took the stage was at the age of five, while on a family vacation.
At the time, his parents thought he was playing video games when suddenly, they heard the band announce that someone from the audience had requested to sing a song.
Five-year-old Cody took the stage and sang “Amarillo By Morning”, and the rest is history.
Cody Joe Hodges’ music has been described as “real country”, influenced by some of the country greats from the late 70s and 80’s – George Strait, Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, and Willie Nelson (just to name a few).
With his thrilling, high-energy performance, it is rare that you will find someone that reaches across the aisle to both the old and new generations, but Cody Joe Hodges does it every time.
Cody Joe Hodges’ voice ranges from silky smooth to raspy seduction.
Cody Joe’s sound is something out of the past, and his writing style of the here and now.
Cody Joe Hodges started playing music at an early age, but it wasn’t until his senior year in high school that he became serious about his art.
Cody Joe wrote his first song, “Daddy’s Dream”, his freshman year while living in the dorms at Texas A&M University. Not long after graduating from Texas A&M in 2006, the young talent spent a short stay in Nashville.
Afterward, deciding to “get away from music” and move back to Texas and join the Army. While in the Army, (duty station, Fort Carson), he was playing music on a street corner in Colorado Springs with a homeless man, when he was discovered by an Army affiliate. He was then asked to audition for the group “Harmony in Motion,” a vocal ensemble based out of Fort Carson, Colorado.
After auditioning, they extended an offer to join them, and Cody Joe began traveling across America playing for large entertainment venues.
Upon discharge, his dad had a talk with him about a career in the power line business as a lineman. This sounded like something exciting and also a great opportunity to draw upon for songwriting, so he joined the energy field in 2010.
At the same time, he started a band called “The Linemen” and released his first album in 2012.
In the spring of 2013, Cody Joe decided to exit out of the power line business and focus energy on his music as a solo artist, along with whatever plans God had for him. So far it has paid off, being awarded the 2016 Male Rising Star by the CMA’s of Texas.
Cody Joe lives life on the road, constantly touring and trying to get his music heard.
He currently resides in Nashville. From humble beginnings, Cody Joe Hodges brings the drive and determination to attain National results.
Tell us how you arrange your song.
This is one of the first songs that I ever learned. One day I was playing around with “Amazing Grace” and I started singing it with the “House of the Rising Sun” melody.
My wife loved it, and once I played it in front of the band, my steel player suggested I add it to the middle of “The House of the Rising Sun”, which we had been playing out. It had a great response, so we decided to record it.
Discuss how you fix a tempo for your song.
Fortunately, I am surrounded by great musicians. If I feel a song is dragging, normally I just let the drummer know and we get it back on track.
Elaborate on multi-genre music.
This song is the first song that I’ve released that I would consider multi-genre.
My music is typically considered a “real country”. This cover of “The House of the Rising Sun” is kinda a stretch to even call “Country” in my book.
It kinda lends to a more Americana, singer-songwriter, or adult alternative genre. I am definitely a country boy, but this shows my rockin’ countryside.
Tell us the best means of reaching fans.
I am on Facebook every day, so the best way to reach me is through Facebook.
Discuss the process involved in launching a musical career.
It’s a long process! I have been gigging since 2002. Of course, I started out gigging as a hobby, but in 2013 I made the decision to pursue music as a career.
It’s a struggle and a lot of hard work. We have found that we tend to do better when we’re on the road, so we have been touring nationwide for the last several years.
I recently received a residency gig in Downtown Nashville, so I’ve been spending more time home (in Nashville), playing gigs, and focusing on my songwriting.
Tell us how to develop a lyric to a full song.
As I mentioned, we spend a lot of time on the road. While traveling, there might be a destination that we visited, a person we met, or a story we hear that inspires us to write.
Tell us how you come up with a melody.
The only way I can explain it is God. Sometimes I will get a melody in my head, and I have no idea where it came from. Then I’ll start playing it in a write (songwriting session), and someone else will add to it. It’s actually a pretty cool process.
Tell us your ideal type of recording studio.
Well, I’ve recorded in some of the best studios in Nashville and I’ve recorded in several home studios in Texas, Nashville, and Oklahoma. I think the studio itself is less of a factor than the producer or engineer is in the final recording.
Describe the factors you consider in a good song.
Does it have a good melody, a good message? How does it make you feel after you listen to it? Is it easy to understand, and can you dance to it?
Tell us how you impact your listeners with your songs.
I try to put a positive message in every song I write. It seems these days we are inundated with negative news, I would like to think my music creates an escape from the negative and makes someone’s day a little brighter.
Tell us how you interact with producers and music directors.
I’ve met some great people along the way. We have toured the nation doing radio interviews and meeting music directors and DJs, and it’s amazing to see how similar we all are. There are some music directors that will be my forever friends.
As for producers, everyone I have worked with has been exceptionally talented. I think finding the right producer is kinda like dating – there are all kinds of great, talented producers out there, it’s finding the one that will be the BEST for you and your music.
Tell us how you feel after the completion of a song.
I rarely sit down to write without completing the song. I know if I leave something unfinished, the likelihood of me coming back to finish it is slim to none.
Now, there are some songs that when I complete, I know that I will need to come back and make a few changes. Normally, I figure that out right before I cut the demo.
Tell us your worst song and state the reason.
I don’t know about “worst song”, but my most disappointing song was when I first tried to release a song to radio off of my “Cody Hodges & the Lineman” CD. I was ill-advised about what song I should release, and who I should use to promote it, so I ended up wasting a lot of money. To make matters worse, the song I released had the name of my ex-wife in it.
Tell us what you will change in your music.
I feel like when we are on the road, sometimes I pick up sounds that are kind of reminiscent of the area. For instance, I wrote a song in San Francisco and it has a kinda singer-songwriter feel, I have another one that we just wrote that has a kind of bluegrass feel with a mandolin-sounding guitar lead. Of course, writing with other songwriters, you kind of pick up things from their background as well.
Tell us what is special about this release.
This is the first cover song that I have released. It is also the first single that I have released that is not considered “real country”. This song really showcases my vocals, and I wanted to release it just to show my diversity as an artist.
Tell us about your future goals.
We have a lot of material that we’ve been stockpiling, looking for the right opportunity. While I am proud of my past releases, I am excited about the material yet to be published. I feel the writing just keeps getting better, and we are creating a sound that I can consider “my sound”.
Tell us how you overcome obstacles.
Keep going. I believe things get really hard before things get really good, so keep going – it’s about to get good.
Elaborate on the song.
This is an updated version of an old classic. It has kind of an eerie intro, with a major crescendo after the first few lines. While this is a long song, it captures the listener’s attention with all the changes, stops, and variances.
Elaborate on your artist name and the title of the album.
Cody Joe Hodges is the artist’s name, and the single is “The House of the Rising Sun.”
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