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. His sound is something out of the past, and his writing style of the here and now.
He started playing music at an early age, but it wasn’t until his senior year in high school that Cody Joe became serious about his art. Impassioned by country greats from the 70's and 80's, 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 A&M in 2006, the young talent moved to Nashville, where he found a place to stay with Jay Andrews, pedal steel guitar player with a distinguished résumé, who worked with Johnny Paycheck for many years. Cody Joe landed a job on Broadway in '06, where he worked several venues - and every once in a while, was subjected to the opportunity of sitting in with one of the bands. After a short stay in Nashville, he decided to move back to Texas, take a break from the music, and join the Army.
While in the Army, (duty station, Fort Carson), he was playing music with a homeless man on a street corner in Colorado Springs, when he was asked to audition for the Army's music 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 and private military events.
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, Tyler Gregg and Matt Westwick. Calling themselves “The Linemen”, they came out with their first album as a band in 2012.
In the spring of 2013, Cody Joe decided to exit out of the power line business and focus energy on his music as a solo artist, along with whatever plans God had for him. It has been a blessing thus far, with his first recording contract signed in Dec. ’13. Cody Joe Hodges released "The Good Stuff" album through Oklahoma based record label - Tate Music Group in November 2014, in which 6 songs he co-wrote with his wife Jamie.
Cody Joe's debut radio release "Getting Back to Country", from the album, "The Good Stuff", was a success on the Texas Charts. It peaked at #24 on the Texas Regional Radio Report and #26 on the Texas Music Charts.
In 2014, Cody Joe teamed up with Lamon Records, a Sony independent label out of Nashville, to record his newest project, a four song EP entitled "One More Drink". The EP was released May 5, 2015, along with the EP's titled single, "One More Drink" (co-written with Jamie) and a music video. “One More Drink” hit #1 on the International Country Music Charts, and the song and video won the June 2015 Akademia Awards.
Cody Joe Hodges was named 2016 Male Rising Star of the Year by the Country Music Association of Texas.