CALDWELL, Texas -- 2014 has already proven to be an exciting year for one Brazos Valley resident. Cody Joe Hodges, born and raised in Caldwell, TX and currently residing in College Station, signed his first recording contract in December of 2013 with Tate Music Group, an independent label out of Oklahoma.
Cody Joe 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. Impassioned by such country greats as George Strait, Merle Haggard and Waylon Jennings, Cody Joe wrote his first song, “Daddy’s Dream”, his freshman year in the dorms at Texas A&M University.
Not long after graduating from Texas A&M in 2006, Cody Joe took off to Nashville, where he was lucky enough to find a place to stay with the late, great Johnny Paycheck’s steel guitar player, Jay Andrews. Jay was kind enough to help Cody Joe get a job working on Broadway. After his stay in Nashville, he decided to 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 with the help of his buddy Dan Kuciemba, and a couple of students from Texas A&M. Calling themselves “The Linemen”, they came out with their first album as a band in 2012. In the spring of 2013, he decided to focus on his music and see what plans GOD had for him. It has been a blessing thus far, with his first recording contract being signed last month, and great things on the horizon.
Cody Joe Hodges’s music has been described as "outlaw country", with a large influence of the country greats and performers who started the genre in the late 70’s and 80’s. Cody Joe's voice ranges from silky smooth to raspy seduction. He and his band always thrill, putting on a high-energy performance at every show.
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. With a steel guitar, fiddle, stand-up bass, guitar and drums, Cody Joe’s sound is something out of the past, and his writing style of the here and now. You can catch his performance this Friday, Jan. 24th at The Western Club in Navasota, TX.