As time continues to pass, the world continues to learn of the incredible talents of Cody Jinks. I feel fortunate enough to have been exposed to Cody’s incredible music back three years ago.
I was talking to my buddy Matt at work about music and it was a funny conversation. We were talking about music and one of us mentioned really enjoying Blackberry Smoke which surprised us both. I didn’t know anyone who was into that sort of music. We got to talking more and more and he had mentioned Cody Jinks and Whitey Morgan. Having talked to him about it, I went and looked them both up and really loved what I heard.
Cody Jinks is just another artist that proves radio is becoming obsolete. The lack of knowledge on independent artists is surprising to me at times. Millions of people know about many of these artists and have helped Texas artists have incredible album sales, often out selling main-streamers. Despite occurring with increasing frequency, we still have to remember the insane amounts of people who don’t give them the time of day. There are glimmers of hope, with most recently all the posts surrounding the unfortunate passing of Chris Cornell. Paul Cauthen and Cody Jinks did an incredible tribute to Cornell by singing his hit, “Black Hole Sun.” By doing this, they not only showed their respect for a fallen artist that inspired them, they reached a large audience. People like me were sharing it, and people saw it who have never heard either of their music. That’s pretty powerful and it’s how independent artists grow. Regular people and occasionally some media outlets help spread the word.
An incredible fact about Jinks is his heavy metal past. He sang lead vocals for a metal band called “Unchecked Aggression” during his teenage years through early twenties. It’s mind-boggling to think it’s the same person singing songs like “I’m Not the Devil” as they sound so different. I came across a story from the Houston Press where Jinks described his metal past:
‘I learned a great deal from days as a rock singer,’ Jinks says. ‘I wouldn’t be where I am without those things, learning how a band works. I did it from the time I was 16 until I was 23; I learned a lot about diplomacy and how to make a band go, how to work with a bunch of guys you’re always around. During that time, I thought I’d be doing metal for the rest of my life. I had no desire to sing country music.’
Over the years I’ve listened to Cody, I always feel that he is special to country music. He sings in a way where you stop and listen and appreciate the words. He has a voice that is powerful and makes you feel the songs, not just hear them. While he can put out a kick-ass song like “Chase That Song” and have you stomping your boots, he can also blow your mind with “I’m not the Devil.” These are two of my favorite songs by him, and they are completely different in tempo. “Chase That Song” has a slick rocking up tempo sound with brilliant piano placed throughout the whole song. This is an example of a memorable, hard driving country song. I crank this one while I’m driving all the time.
“I’m Not the Devil” is strategically minimalist in fluff. The focal point of this song is not a catchy beat. No, rather it’s about a man admitting his wrongs to his woman and that he’ll spend forever trying to right his wrongs. The execution here is pivotal and the judges are standing on the side of the diving board holding up 10’s for Jinks. You can’t ask for a better country song than this. In a world full of drinking songs, we need some life lessons and hardships once in a while and you’ll get plenty of that here.
I can babble on forever about Cody Jinks, but sometimes you just need to take the initiative and listen yourself. You are hearing an artist that is blazing a path on his own without the help of country radio. You’re likely watching the making of a country music legend and it’s amazing to watch it unfold.
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