Growing up in South Carolina, our Swag Spotlight this week Cody Webb started playing guitar when he was 8 years old and actually played in his father’s local band when he was only 12 years old. His father always listened to, and played southern rock music and Webb tells us in our recent interview that Lynryd Skynryd was a huge influence for him when he was learning to play guitar. Throughout high school, he would play local festivals with his dad’s band and once he got to college at Clemson University he would play downtown bars and started gigging all over the area. Once he visited Nashville during his senior year of college, he knew that was where he had to be and moved there right after college to write music. “I love everything from Hank Williams to Waylon Jennings, Lynryd Skynryd and then new stuff like Post Malone and modern country. I just like good music. I don’t put myself in a box especially as a songwriter. If I listened to only country radio I wouldn’t write very creative songs, so I try to listen to all types of music,” Webb tells us.
In Nashville, Webb befriended Luke Combs before he really hit it big with his number one hits and they co-wrote a song for Combs’ album, “Memories Are Made Of” with Ray Fulcher. “We wrote several songs together so when he cut it all I thought was, ‘I’ve got a great friend cutting a song’. Nobody thought it would be a double platinum album and that he was going to be the biggest next thing, back then it was just, a friend is cutting one of my songs,” he tells us.
He chats all about his current single “Jon Boat” which is the perfect summertime jam. The idea clicking in his head after he was hanging on the lake with some buddies and a big yacht passed by. “So we wave at everyone going by, a giant yacht came by and we waved at them and they just looked at us like we were a bunch of rednecks and we shouldn’t have been waving to them so a friend of mine, who had too much to drink went off on them yelling how their boat cost more money but we’ll have fun with a Jon boat then your boat.”
It took several writing sessions with Trey Ellis, Trent Jeffcoat, and Keith Dozier together and separately but the song was finally finished and he started playing it out and it became a big hit with his fan base. He tells us that he finally felt the timing was right, excited about the team he now has around him and how happy he is to promote the song on the road this summer. He also can’t wait for the video release which is coming out later this month.
Besides playing gigs all over the country, Webb is looking forward to catching Luke Combs live and writing with him and Ray Fulcher on his bus in a few weeks. He tells us that he has even more new music almost ready to release and he is hoping to have the new tracks ready in the next few months.
“Jon Boat” is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music here on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.
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