Cody Johnson Shares Support For Jason Aldean Amid Controversy

(Left) Jason Aldean / YouTube / (Right) Cody Johnson / YouTube

Cody Johnson Expresses Support For Jason Aldean In The Middle Of “Try That In A Small Town” Controversy

Last week, CMT dropped Jason Aldean‘s music video for “Try That In a Small Town” out of its rotation. The video and the song received backlash from critics who accused Aldean of promoting violence and being pro-lynching.” CMT pulled the clip because of the controversy.


Aldean responded in a lengthy statement on social media after CMT pulled the video. He said:

There is not a single lyric in the song that references race or points to it- and there isn’t a single video clip that isn’t real news footage -and while I can try and respect others to have their own interpretation of a song with music- this one goes too far.”

You can read Aldean’s full statement in the image below.

Jason Aldean shares statement on controversy around "Try That in a Small Town"
Jason Aldean / Twitter

Since then, several country artists have spoken out in support of Jason Aldean. Some of those artists are Lee Greenwood, Travis Tritt, and John Rich.


Cody Johnson was yet another artist who expressed his support for Aldean.

Video Shows Cody Standing Up To Defend Jason In The Heat Of Controversy: “Keep It Up, Brother”

Fan-filmed footage shows Johnson addressing the crowd at his show in St. Louis on Friday (July 21). He said:

“…Everybody gets p—– off at Jason Aldean for putting out a song. If you’re videoing this, Jason Aldean, if you’re seeing this video, keep it up, brother. You do you, boo-boo.”

Johnson continued, saying that he interprets “Try That In a Small Town” as being patriotic. He said, “If being patriotic makes you an outlaw, then by God, I’ll be an outlaw.

Head below to watch a video of Johnson sharing his support for Aldean.