One memory that is consistent for me in this business is that I never forget the first single from each artist that I or we have played. I’ll never forget the first time I “hit play” on “Brand New Man” from Brooks & Dunn or “Killin’ Time” from Clint Black or “Hurricane” from Luke Combs. You get the idea. Well, in 1990, the first single I remember playing from some guy named Vince Gill was “When I Call Your Name.” This was nowhere near Vince’s Debut, but it was the first new song from him that I played. It is the title track from his first album for MCA Records (having come over from RCA), and in his career…was a big deal. It is, the epitome of a country ballad. And Vince’s voice was and is so unique that the song always stands out. The song didn’t just go to number one, it won CMA and Grammy Awards and was easily one of the biggest songs at the start of the 1990s. Cody Johnson recently covered “When I call Your Name” at The Grand Ole Opry. Prior to the performance, Cody proclaimed his love of 90’s country, “I feel like the 90’s is one of the greatest eras of country music there’s ever been.” And his version is awesome.
However, this isn’t the first homage to iconic country singers from Cody Johnson. Check out his cover of Reba McEntire’s “Whoever’s In New England.” Amazing.