Cody Johnson, Taste of Country's newest RISERS star, has a busy 2019 ahead of him: After releasing his major-label studio debut, Ain't Nothin' to It, on Jan. 18, the Texas singer-songwriter is hitting the road for a full calendar of tour dates.

Omaha, Neb.; Rosemont, Ill.; Norfolk, Va. — Johnson will hit those cities and plenty more as he cross-crosses the United States throughout 2019. Stops at RodeoHouston, the Stagecoach festival and the Ryman Auditorium — the latter already a sold-out gig — await this year, as do a string of amphitheater shows with Luke Combs.

A former rodeo cowboy with a day job at a prison, Johnson released six studio albums independently before signing a deal with Warner Music Nashville in 2018. He actually had three different Music City labels courting him.

"We had our lawyer draw up a contract that basically said, 'I do want those masters, I do want my publishing. I will not give up this, I will not give up that,'" Johnson tells Taste of Country. "He kinda laughed and said, 'Good luck getting that signed.'"

Hey, sometimes sticking to your guns works out.

Cody Johnson's 2019 Tour Dates:

Jan. 25 -- St. Louis, Mo. @ Ballpark Village
Jan. 26 -- Omaha, Neb. @ Baxter Arena
Jan. 31 -- Fargo, N.D. @ Sanctuary Events Center
Feb. 1 -- Rapid City, S.D. @ Black Hills Stockshow
Feb. 2 -- Billings, Mont. @ The Put Station
Feb. 8 -- Canton, Ohio @ Canton Memorial Civic Center
Feb. 9 -- Kalamazoo, Mich. @ Wings Stadium
Feb. 12 -- Jackson, Miss. @ Dixie National Rodeo
Feb. 15 -- Toledo, Ohio @ Huntington Center
Feb. 16 -- Johnstown, Pa. @ 1st Summit Arena
Feb. 21 -- Rosemont, Ill. @ Rosemont Theatre
Feb. 22 -- Springfield, Ill. @ Boondocks
Feb. 28 -- Lousivilly, Ky. @ PBR Louisville
March 1 -- Columbus, Ohio @ The Bluestone
March 2 -- Knoxville, Tenn. @ Cotton Eyed Joes
March 15 -- Houston, Texas @ RodeoHouston
March 16 -- Corpus Christi, Texas @ Spring Break on the Coast
March 21 -- Atlanta, Ga. @ Variety Playhouse
March 23 -- Dothan, Ala. @ The Plant
March 29 -- Midland, Texas @ Midland County Amphitheater
March 30 -- Lubbock, Texas @ South Plains Fair Park Coliseum
April 12 -- Fort Lauderdale, Fla. @ Tortuga Music Festival
April 26 -- Indio, Calif. @ Stagecoach
May 3 -- Greenville, S.C. @ Blind Horse Saloon
May 4 -- Nashville, Tenn. @ Ryman Auditorium
May 10 -- Waco, Texas @ McLane Stadium
May 11 -- Nacogdoches, Texas @ Nacogdoches County Civic & Expo Center
May 16 -- Philadelphia, Pa. @ Theatre of the Living Arts
May 17 -- New York City @ Irving Plaza
May 18 -- Norfolk, Va. @ The Norva
May 25-26 -- New Braunfels, Texas @ Whitewater Amphitheater
May 30 -- Detroit, Mich. @ DTE Energy Music Theatre (with Luke Combs)
May 31 -- Columbia, Md. @ Merriweather Post Pavilion (with Luke Combs)
June 22 -- Oklahoma City, Okla. @ Chesapeake Energy Arena
July 5 -- Greeley, Colo. @ Greeley Stampede
July 11 -- Charleston, S.C. @ Volvo Car Stadium (with Luke Combs)
July 12 -- Verizon Amphitheater (with Luke Combs)
July 13 -- Charlotte, N.C. @ PNC Music Pavilion (with Luke Combs)
July 20 -- Canby, Ore. @ Wild Hare Country Festival
July 27 -- Tooele, Utah @ Country Fan Fest
Aug. 1 -- Lake Cowichan, British Columbia, Canada @ Sunfest Country Music Festival

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