Cody Jinks

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Cody Jinks
Birth nameCody Jinks
Born (1980-08-18) August 18, 1980 (age 40)
OriginHaltom City, Texas, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Labels
Associated acts
  • Unchecked Aggression
  • The Tone Deaf Hippies
Websitecodyjinks.com

Cody Jinks (born August 18, 1980) is an American outlaw country music singer and songwriter.[1] His 2016 album, I'm Not the Devil, reached No. 4 on the Billboard Country Albums chart, while his 2018 album, Lifers, reached No. 2 on the same chart.

Early life[edit]

Cody Jinks is a native of Haltom City, Texas, United States,[2] and attended Haltom High School. He started learning to play a few country music riffs on the guitar from his father when he was 16, but soon formed a heavy metal band.[3]

Music career[edit]

Jinks started out as the lead singer of a thrash metal band from Fort Worth named Unchecked Aggression, initially named Silas, that was active from 1998 to 2003. He also played the lead guitar; the other band members were Gary Burkham on bass who left in 2000 and was replaced by Chris Lewis,[4] Anthony Walker on drums, and Ben Heffley on guitar.[5] They were influenced by Metallica and Pantera.[6] An album, The Massacre Begins was released in 2002.[7][8] Songs they recorded included "Hell Razor" and "Kill Me Again".[6] The band however broke up after a trip to Los Angeles, and Jinks took a year off from music. In around 2005, he started playing country music, the music he grew up with.[1][9][10]

Jinks is backed by The Tone Deaf Hippies.[11] He began to release albums in the country genre in 2008.[12] An album titled 30 was released in 2012.[13] He began to develop his own sound in an EP, Blacksheep, which was released in 2013.[14][6]

2015: Adobe Sessions[edit]

The album was recorded at the Sonic Ranch in Tornillo, Texas, and the album title was named after a small adobe room they recorded the album in.[3] It was released in January 2015 and charted in Billboard's regional Heatseekers charts – No.2 on Heatseekers South Central and No. 8 on Heatseekers Mountain.[15][16] Jinks toured in support of Adobe Sessions as an opener for Sturgill Simpson in 2015.[17]

2016: I'm Not the Devil[edit]

I'm Not the Devil was released on August 12, 2016.[18] The album was recorded at the Sonic Ranch in Tornillo, Texas.[19] It includes a cover of Merle Haggard's "The Way I Am".[20] The title track was written with Ward Davis; the album was almost finished and the album title had already been decided, but it was retitled with the name of the song they wrote.[18] The album debuted at No. 4 on the Top Country Albums chart, selling 11,300 copies in the first week.[21] Jinks supported I'm Not the Devil with a co-headlining tour with Whitey Morgan and the 78's in August, September, and October.[22] The album was rated one the best country albums of 2016 by Rolling Stone.[23]

2017[edit]

Jinks released a cover of Pink Floyd's hit song "Wish You Were Here" in January 2017.[24] He also re-released a remixed and remastered version of his 2010 album Less Wise, as Less Wise Modified 2017, with three bonus tracks included.[25]

2018: Lifers[edit]

Jinks released the album Lifers on July 27, 2018, via Rounder Records.[26] It was preceded by the lead single "Must Be the Whiskey", which was released on June 15, 2018.

2019: After the Fire and The Wanting[edit]

On October 11, 2019, Jinks released the album After the Fire. The album was independently produced and released by his own label, Late August Records, marking a departure from Rounder Records, with whom he produced 2018's Lifers.[27] The album was preceded by two singles, "Ain't a Train" and "Think Like You Think". Jink's also promoted the song "William and Wanda", which was written about his late grandparents. For the week of October 26, 2019, the album was No. 2 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.[28]

One week later, October 18, 2019, Jinks released a second album, The Wanting.[29] Similar to After the Fire, the album was independently produced. It was preceded by two singles, "Same Kind of Crazy as Me" and "Which One I Feed".

On October 24, 2019, both albums held the No. 1 and 2 spots for Top Albums on iTunes and Apple Music.[30]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
US
[31]
US Country
[32]
US Indie
[33]
Collector's Item[34]
  • Release date: 2008
  • Label: Cody Jinks
Cast No Stones[35]
  • Release date: 2008
  • Label: Cody Jinks
Less Wise[12]
Less Wise Modified[36] (2017 version with three extra tracks)
  • Release date: June 28, 2010
    December 8, 2017 (2017 version)
  • Label: Cody Jinks
30[12]
  • Release date: April 11, 2012
  • Label: Cody Jinks
Adobe Sessions[38]
  • Release date: January 12, 2015
  • Label: Cody Jinks Music
I'm Not the Devil
  • Release date: August 12, 2016
  • Label: Cody Jinks Music
39 4 3
Lifers[40] 11 2
After the Fire[27]
  • Release date: October 11, 2019
  • Label: Late August Records
33 2 3
The Wanting[29]
  • Release date: October 18, 2019
  • Label: Late August Records
35 2 2
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Extended plays[edit]

Title EP details
Blacksheep[14]
  • Release date: June 18, 2013
  • Label: Cody Jinks

Singles[edit]

Year Title Sales Album
2018 "Must Be the Whiskey" Lifers
2019 "Somewhere Between I Love You And I'm Leavin'"

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Schulze, Troy (September 8, 2016). "Live In Studio: Cody Jinks". Houston Public Media.
  2. ^ Steward, Steve (January 25, 2012). "Cody Jinks Hits 30". Fort Worth Weekly.
  3. ^ a b May 28, 2015, Eric. "Cody Jinks touring in suport of "Adobe Sessions" album". Lubbock Online. Archived from the original on December 5, 2015.
  4. ^ "Unchecked Aggression". sbs666.tripod.com.
  5. ^ "Unchecked Aggression". Spirit of Metal.
  6. ^ a b c Freeman, Jon (November 10, 2016). "How Cody Jinks Turned Discontent and Thrash Metal into Country Success". Rolling Stone.
  7. ^ "Unchecked Aggression". The Metal Archive.
  8. ^ "10 New Country Artists You Need to Know: September 2016". Rolling Stone.
  9. ^ "Give A Listen: Cody Jinks". The Daily Country. April 9, 2015.
  10. ^ Alpert, Matt (28 January 2016). "The New Texas: Cody Jinks". Wide Open Country.
  11. ^ "Bearded Brothers: Honkytonk Proud, the Beard of Cody Jinks". Roughneck Beard Company.
  12. ^ a b c Steward, Steve (January 25, 2012). "Cody Jinks Hits 30". Fort Worth Weekly.
  13. ^ "Cody Jinks & Tone Deaf Hippies:Thirsty Armadillo". Outlaw Magazine. February 5, 2013. Archived from the original on September 11, 2016. Retrieved September 10, 2016.
  14. ^ a b "Blacksheep". iTunes.
  15. ^ "Heatseekers - South Central". Billboard. January 24, 2015.
  16. ^ "Heatseekers - Mountain". Billboard. May 14, 2016.
  17. ^ "Sturgill Simpson plays some real country music". Omaha World-Herald. July 16, 2015. Retrieved April 19, 2017.
  18. ^ a b Hudak, Joseph (June 21, 2016). "Hear Cody Jinks Declare 'I'm Not the Devil' in Dark New Ballad". Rolling Stone.
  19. ^ Hudak, Joseph (August 23, 2016). "See Cody Jinks' Brooding Live Performance of 'I'm Not the Devil'". Rolling Stone.
  20. ^ Leight, Elias (July 28, 2016). "Cody Jinks' Covers Merle Haggard's 'The Way I Am': Listen". Billboard.
  21. ^ Bjorke, Matt (August 21, 2016). "Country Albums Sales Chart: August 22, 2016". Roughstock.
  22. ^ "Whitey Morgan & Cody Jinks Embark on Hard-Driving Co-Headline Tour". Saving Country Music. August 10, 2016. Retrieved April 19, 2017.
  23. ^ "40 Best Country Albums of 2016". Rolling Stone. December 7, 2016.
  24. ^ "Hear Cody Jinks' Swirling Cover of Pink Floyd's 'Wish You Were Here'". Rolling Stone. January 23, 2017. Retrieved April 19, 2017.
  25. ^ Baker, Chuck (November 8, 2017). "Cody Jinks Re-issues an album from 2010Trigger". Kickin Country 103.1.
  26. ^ Parton, Chris (June 4, 2018). "Cody Jinks Details New Album 'Lifers'". Rolling Stone.
  27. ^ a b Hudak, Joesph (August 12, 2019). "Cody Jinks Announces New Album 'After the Fire'". Rolling Stone.
  28. ^ "Country Music: Top Country Albums Chart". Billboard.com. Retrieved December 5, 2019.
  29. ^ a b Moore, Bobby (September 17, 2019). "Actually, Cody Jinks Is Releasing Two Albums This Fall". The Boot.
  30. ^ "Cody Jinks". Facebook.com. Retrieved December 5, 2019.
  31. ^ "Cody Jinks Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved August 7, 2018.
  32. ^ "Cody Jinks Chart History: Country Albums". Billboard. Retrieved August 7, 2018.
  33. ^ "Cody Jinks Chart History: Independent Albums". Billboard. Retrieved August 7, 2018.
  34. ^ "Collectors Item Album by Cody Jinks". CDtracks.org. Archived from the original on February 16, 2017.
  35. ^ "Cast No Stones Album by Cody Jinks". CDtracks.org.
  36. ^ "Cody Jinks: Less Wise Modified". AllMusic.
  37. ^ Bjorke, Matt (November 26, 2017). "Top Country Catalog Sales Chart: November 26, 2017". Roughstock. Retrieved December 16, 2017.
  38. ^ "Adobe Sessions". Cody JInks. Archived from the original on 2019-07-19. Retrieved 2019-07-19.
  39. ^ Bjorke, Matt (December 17, 2017). "Top 10 Country Albums Chart: December 18, 2017". Roughstock.
  40. ^ Freeman, Cody (June 29, 2018). "Hear Cody Jinks' Existential New Song "Lifers"". Rolling Stone. Retrieved July 27, 2018.
  41. ^ "Top 10 Country Albums: November 11, 2019". Roughstock. November 13, 2019. Retrieved November 16, 2019.
  42. ^ a b Bjorke, Matt (December 9, 2019). "Top 10 Country Albums in Pure Sales: December 9, 2019". Roughstock. Retrieved December 26, 2019.
  43. ^ Bjorke, Matt (November 13, 2018). "Top 30 Digital Country Singles Chart: November 13, 2018". RoughStock. Retrieved December 8, 2018.