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Thursday, January 21, 2021

How Cody Jinks Is Tattooing His Name On Country Music

Cody Jinks

The follow up to Cody Jinks’ 2018 album Lifers is due to drop on Oct.11. Titled After The Fire, this is the first album to be released on Jinks’ own label, Late August records. 

There’s no denying Cody Jinks is a real country music star after nearly a decade of turning out some of our favorite albums in modern country music. Those albums and a lot of miles have made Jinks’ one of the most popular country music artists in the country with little to no air-play on mainstream radio.  

If you don’t know anything about Cody Jinks, he started out in a thrash metal band called unchecked aggression. They broke up in 2005, Jinks ended up taking a year off from music. He probably did some soul searching and made the decision to go it alone in country music, the music he was raised on, and we’re glad he did.

Since 2010, Jinks has turned out stellar country music with an edge that only Texans seem to deliver.

Jinks cut 10 new songs for After the Fire, including a new version of “Think Like You Think,” which originally appeared on his debut album Collector’s Item.  

On Sept. 21, Jinks dropped “William and Wanda” a beautiful ballad about his Grandparents. A simply written and played acoustic tribute to people that you can tell from the timbre in his voice that he loved deeply. 

Listening to “William and Wanda” for the first time on a set of Grado cans, I couldn’t help but get wrapped up in the emotion of the song. The clear, honest expressions said between a husband and wife. The story of two people who loved each other and the plans they made. What’s more country than that?  

The Essential Cody Jinks

William & Wanda
Cody Jinks
Album: After The Fire

William, where you been?
I’ve been waiting on you since only God knows when
William, come on in
There’s so much to do, so glad to see you again

I haven’t been worried so much as I’ve been anxious
I haven’t been sad, for the reason in the rhyme
I haven’t been cryin’, that’s somethin’ that don’t happen
I believed you’d make it here in your sweet time

William, I have so much to say
I started us a garden when I got here that June day
William, c’mon this way
Meet our little boy that died on his birthday

We haven’t been worried so much as we’ve been anxious
We haven’t been sad, for the reason in the rhyme
We haven’t been cryin’, that’s something that don’t happen
I told em’ you’d be up here some sweet time

Wanda, quit pickin’ at me
I’ve been running late since 1953
Wanda, slow down, just be
Hold my hand while I rock this boy to sleep

I haven’t been worried so much as I’ve been anxious
I’ve been sad but there’s reason in the rhyme
And I’ve done a lot of crying, that’s something just happens
I just hoped I’d make it up here some sweet time

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