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Cody Jinks to Release New Album, Lifers

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Acclaimed singer and songwriter Cody Jinks will issue his debut release under his new record deal with Rounder Records, Lifers, on July 27. The album’s first single, “Must Be the Whiskey,” was released on June 15. As Rolling Stone notes, “Cody Jinks is never one for pretense, but he cuts to the quick on [the] moody slow-burner [that is his] no-nonsense new single.”

He leads a back-to-basics, populist outlaw musical movement thanks in good part to relentless road work and killer shows, and has already sold a quarter million of his previous independently-released albums. Jinks continues to perform strings of shows that sell out so quickly that he frequently has to add second nights at venues across the nation, including Nashville’s famed Ryman Auditorium. His upcoming July 15 show in Lexington, KY recently sold out in just a few minutes.

“We go all over the United States, man, and people tell us, ‘Thank you,'” says Jinks of his touring with his band, cheekily named The Tone Deaf Hippies. “I hear ‘thank you’ more than I hear anything else. There’s no bullshit in our show. There’s no dancing, there’s no sparkle-bottom jeans. We get out there and we rip people’s faces off.”

That musical potency helped Jinks leap on the week of release of his last album, I’m Not The Devil, to #4 on the Billboard country chart and #3 on the independent music chart, and hit Top 30 on the pop chart soon after. In addition to his impressive record sales on his own label, Jinks has generated millions of streams.

“If you stay on the road and put out independent records that people dig on, you’re gonna earn a lot of fans that are really thirsting for substance,” Jinks says. “Somebody they can say, ‘That’s our guy. I believe that guy. That guy has something to say.'”

Born in Haltom City, TX, raised in nearby Fort Worth, and now based out of Denton, TX, Jinks recalls his first musical memory as hearing Merle Haggard at age three. “He’s been the number one influence ever since,” he says. Schooled by his father in such American musical legends as Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and others, and then on guitar in his teens, Jinks first started honing his own outsider style and “steel-edged songs,” as the Nashville Tennessean describes them, in Texas honky-tonks.

His dedicated fans are known as #Flockers for how they leap at the chance to enjoy his performances. As Rolling Stone notes, “If there’s a common thread between members of his audience, he figures it has something to do with their struggles to get by and the nagging suspicion that they’re seen as marginal, undesirable people by the rest of the world. A Cody Jinks show offers solidarity.”

“Bikers, suits, hippies, cowboys – all of those people are at our shows any given night,” he says. “Men, women, old, young – just working-class people. That’s what I came from. That’s where all of us came from: people that worked hard, people that have had to work hard.”

On August 18, Jinks debuts his Loud and Heavy Fest at Panther Island Pavilion in Fort Worth, TX, Sharing the bill with him will be Whiskey Myers, Corrosion of Conformity, Whitey Morgan, Colter Wall, Nikki Lane, The Sword, Paul Cauthen, Sunny Sweeney and Ward Davis.

Lifers celebrates the hard-working Americans that Jinks embraces as kindred souls on its title track. And he shares their diligence to giving one’s all at what you do. He told Fort Worth Weekly a few years back, “t’s kind of a DIY punk-rock mentality: Just get in the van [now a bus] and go.”

For more information: www.codyjinks.com

Cody Jinks Tour Dates

7/6 & 7 New Braunfels, TX Whitewater Amphitheater
7/12 Choctaw, MS Choctaw Indian Fair
7/14 Fort Smith, AR Temple Live
7/15 Lexington, KY Manchester Music Hall
7/19 Evansville, IN Victory Theatre
7/21 Peoria, IL Tailgate N’ Tallboys
8/3 Los Angeles, CA Novo
8/4 San Francisco, CA The Warfield
8/5 Bakersfield, CA Fox Theatre
8/8 Eugene, OR McDonal Theater
8/9 & 10 Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom
8/11 Seattle, WA Showbox Sodo
8/15 Missoula, MT The Wilma
8/18 Fort Worth, TX Loud and Heavy Fest
9/14 Louisville, KY Iroquis Amphitheater
9/22 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
10/26 Atlanta, GA Tabernacle

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