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January 17, 2022

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Reba McEntire, Cody Johnson Film New Music Video at MTSU

The best part? Students had no idea it was Reba and Cody until they arrived to film the video.

Country Music superstar Reba McEntire and Cody Johnson made a stop in Murfreesboro last fall, filming their music video for “Dear Rodeo” at MTSU’s Tennessee Miller Coliseum.

Via the MTSU website, the pair shared about the making of “Dear Rodeo” stating that after searching online for rodeo arenas, the producers came across MTSU.

“I knew that once they (McEntire’s team) saw the Tennessee Miller Coliseum that they would fall in love with it, and that it would be their choice,” said Beverly Keel, dean of the university’s College of Media and Entertainment.

MTSU's campus wasn't the only thing they were using, they also utilized alumni and current students in the production of the video.

And the best part? Students had no clue it was Reba and Cody Johnson until they arrived on set to film the video. And they weren’t able to talk about it until the video released in December, shared alumni Kobe Hermann, whose served as the field producer who hired the student crew and coordinated MTSU’s efforts.

For the look and feel of the video, the students had to make the Coliseum look like a dream — which they created by blacking out the windows and using fog machines as the bright lights shone on the dirt floor.

“Everything that I’ve learned throughout these past four years have all been MTSU,” said Jo Litzenberger, a senior student worker studying video and film production. “I really credit the university for everything that I’ve achieved. Not only did I get an education, but I met all the people who will help me further that education and also help me put it to use.”

Watch the video below. Since its release in December, the video has been viewed over 1 million times.

(Photo by Andy Heidt)


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Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing and Entertainment Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 18-month-old Ezra.