Just as the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is set to get underway on Tuesday, officials were scrambling for a musical replacement for Wednesday night after the scheduled entertainers, Old Dominion, dropped out because of a death in a band member’s family.
By late Monday, they announced that Texas country singer Cody Johnson will make his debut rodeo appearance in place of the five-member Nashville band.
“Cody Johnson will be a great addition to our 2017 RodeoHouston lineup,” HLSR president and CEO Joel Cowley, said in a statement. “We welcome this talented Texas singer to our stage as we honor the men and women of our military on Armed Forces Appreciation Day.”
Johnson expressed his pleasure at the opportunity on Twitter.
Tickets previously purchased for the March 8 RodeoHouston performance, regardless of the entertainer name on the tickets are still valid, officials said. Refunds will be given to the original ticket purchaser if requested before March 8 at 8 am. Visit the RodeoHouston website for refund instructions.
No additional details have been released about the unexpected death. A party to celebrate the Old Dominion single “Song for Another Time,” scheduled for Monday afternoon, and a concert scheduled in Midland on Thursday (March 9) have also canceled. The band is scheduled to tour with Miranda Lambert on Friday (March 10); no word at this time if that will take place.
This is the second replacement in this year's rodeo entertainment lineup. Previously, Megan Trainor, who was cheduled to perform on March 14, dropped out due to doctor-mandated vocal rest. She was replaced by Demi Lovato, who has performed at the rodeo in 2010 and 2013.
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo runs March 7-26.