COUNTRY MUSIC’S CODY JINKS RELEASES NEW ALBUM TOMORROW
ROUNDER RECORDS LABEL DEBUT LIFERS AVAILABLE AT ALL RETAILERS
TOUR DATES SET TO FOLLOW
Toronto, ON – July 26, 2018 – Cody Jinks is creating music that never compromises itself, as heard on his latest album, Lifers (out tomorrow, July 27, here), and forcefully delivering it in concert. His rise out of the Texas honky-tonks to national prominence over the last decade has marked him at this juncture as a well-respected and in-demand artist. "In a world where people are craving authenticity from the artists they love and invest in, no one delivers better than Jinks," raves Taste of Country. "The album is chock full of truthful anthems about the messiness of life."
Dedicated road work has gathered Jinks a fervent following of “bikers, suits, hippies, cowboys… men, women, old, young – just working-class people,” as he describes his diverse audience that pack his consistently sold-out shows. He also boasts a self-organized clan of 21,000-plus (and rapidly growing) super-fans called #Flockers who follow him from show to show and rival the dedication of the "Deadheads" of yore. His grassroots approach and appeal previously fueled multiple SRO nights at Nashville's famed Ryman Auditorium, the "Mother Church of Country Music." And immediate sell-outs with second nights added to meet demand on his recent itinerary include Lexington, KY (July 15) and Atlanta, GA (October 26).
An incredibly popular independent artist, Jinks recently signed a deal with Rounder Records for Lifers. This previous album, I'm Not The Devil, debuted at #4 on the Billboard country chart and #3 on the independent music chart, and reached Top 30 on the pop chart. The new album's songs have been generating media raves even before the full disc came out.
Rolling Stone notes how "he cuts to the quick on moody slow-burner Must Be the Whiskey, the no-nonsense [first] single." Wide Open Country says the number "[gives]listeners no doubt that this outlaw will continue to unveil instant hits," and also praises Somewhere Between I Love You and I’m Leavin', as "further proof of Jinks’ power as a performer who marries slow-burning honky tonk with the most soul-baring aspects of the original heroes of Outlaw country." It also hails the title track Lifers as "electrifying" while Rolling Stone notes how the "existential" tale about hard-working folks is "positively heroic."
The Omaha World-Herald describes Jinks in concert as "a beautiful night full of country songs about heartbreak, cigarettes, burning bridges, wore out cowboys, bad decisions, restless souls, longing love, deep loss, Jack Daniels and his old pal, Jim Beam." As the artist himself says of his performances, "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."
Included on his fall tour schedule, is Jinks' own day-long Loud and Heavy Fest. The inaugural music festival will take place at Panther Island Pavilion in Fort Worth, TX on August 18. 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. He has also struck a deal with Thirty Tigers to reissue his seven previous independently-released albums, which to date have sold more than a quarter million copies.
Originally inspired by such American music icons as Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash, Jinks spearheads a potent back-to-the-real-deal movement in today's music. "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," he says of his phenomenal success. "Somebody they can say, 'That's our guy. I believe that guy. That guy has something to say.'"
August 2 – Bakersfield, CA – Fox Theatre
August 3 – Los Angeles, CA – Novo
August 4 – San Francisco, CA – The Warfield
August 8 – Eugene, OR – McDonald Theater
August 9 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
August 10 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom (Sold Out)
August 11 – Seattle, WA – Shadowbox SoDo
August 15 – Missoula, MT – The Wilma
August 18 – Fort Worth, TX – Loud and Heavy Fest
August 14 – Louisville, KY – Iroquis Amphitheater
August 15 – Nashville, TN – Ascend Amphitheater
August 22 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue (Sold Out)
September 12 – Kansas City, KS – Arvest Bank Theatre @ Midland
September 13 – Oklahoma City, OK – Criterion
September 24 – Brandon, MS – City Hall Live
September 26 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
September 26 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle (Sold Out)
September 27 – Birmingham, AL – Alabama Theatre