“In addition to Henderson’s production mastery, the album also benefitted from current 3 Doors Down lead guitarist Chet Roberts’ input behind the boards, as well as his contributions on both vocals and guitar. “Chet’s lead on ‘No Approval’ could not be any more perfect,” says Tillman. “It’s high-speed from go and has a part where it feels and sounds like he’s changing gears on the guitar. I remember screaming profanities out loud when it happened because I was so excited.” Also contributing drum parts to the album was 3 Doors Down’s current drummer, Greg Upchurch. From the low, gritty, earthy tone of “See You Around,” to the killer bass line of “Sunday Funday” (compliments of Glen Ackerman), to the simple yet stunning “Soldier Song” (written will Tillman was overseas in the Army right before he crossed the border into Iraq), the album is chock full of many musical flavors, each as interesting as the next.”
“Showcasing a musical fusion of Americana, Triple A, Funk, Blues, Texas Country, and Alternative Rock, Cody Joe Tillman & The Wicked Truth creates music that forces us to savor the deepest darkest parts of our souls – eerie in one note and colorful in the next. A haunting namesake – about how the truth can often be something that we either don’t want to hear or tell – Cody Joe Tillman & The Wicked Truth is set to release its self-titled album (on September 23, 2014), which was recorded at Rivergate Studios in Hendersonville, TN, and produced by Chris Henderson of 3 Doors Down.”
“Says Henderson of working with Tillman: “I was drawn to Cody’s style as a person before I heard his music. Once I had listened to his music, I knew I wanted to work with him. He was a producer’s dream. Diverse, confident, and, man, what a voice!””
“From the battlefield to the big stage. Cody Joe Tillman is a name you better get used to saying. Fought for our country in the United States Army and I have a good feeling that he will be fighting for your votes during this season of America's Got Talent! Do your your thing Big Cody!!! — with Cody Joe Tillman at Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. ”
““The next weekend we attended the First Annual Mean Gene Kelton Birthday Bash at the Hawg Stop. We had other family business to attend to, so were late getting there. We caught the end of the set by Driven, consisting of Gene’s two sons, Jamie and Sid Kelton along with Cody Joe Tillman and Micah Pullen who cranked out some great original rock and proved they are really two “chips off the block” taking after their Daddy. Friends we saw included JB Bullion, Kevin Reed, Norm Uhl, Dan Jones, Ernie Diaz, Alan and Eva Lee, Sandy Hickey, and Thurman Robinson.””
“MYSTERY MALE SINGERS This was the mystery piano singer who performed last week on 'America's Got Talent.' His name is Justin Hopkins. Yesterday afternoon, I was able to solve another AGT mystery: Who were those two unidentified male singers who appeared on screen for only a few seconds last week during the Vegas round and sounded great during their unjustifiably brief video clips? The talented vocalist who was playing the piano and singing “In Your Eyes” was…. Justin Hopkins of Portland, Oregon and Hermosa Beach, California. The curly-haired singer with the gritty Lee DeWyze rock voice was…. Cody Joe Tillman of Dayton, Texas. Meet mystery singer number 2 -- Cody Joe Tillman. (Special thanks to the publicity staff at NBC for confirming those names for me.)”
“The next weekend we attended the First Annual Mean Gene Kelton Birthday Bash at the Hawg Stop. We had other family business to attend to, so were late getting there. We caught the end of the set by Driven, consisting of Gene’s two sons, Jamie and Sid Kelton along with Cody Joe Tillman and Micah Pullen who cranked out some great original rock and proved they are really two “chips off the block” taking after their Daddy. Friends we saw included JB Bullion, Kevin Reed, Norm Uhl, Dan Jones, Ernie Diaz, Alan and Eva Lee, Sandy Hickey, and Thurman Robinson.”
"The main thing you need to know is how to play the game," Mr. Tillman said. "You gotta given them all the stuff they want besides the song." American Idol wannabes out early in New Orleans → Talent was everywhere, Cody Joe Tillman, of Dallas said.