Cody Jinks – 20 Impressive Facts You Didn’t Know
Cody Jinks, full name, Meredith Cody Jinks was born on August 18th 1980 in Haltom City, Fort Worth, Texas. His father taught him to play a few country riffs on the guitar when he was about 16. Soon after that he formed a heavy metal band.
If you want to find out 20 impressive facts about Cody Jinks, keep reading.
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He Was Lead Singer & Lead Guitarist Of A Heavy Metal Band
He formed a heavy metal band called “Silas” which later became known as “Unchecked Aggression”. Cody was lead singer and lead guitarist and the band was influenced by Metallica and Pantera. They released an album called “The Massacre Begins” in 2002.
He Makes Music With Hippies
Cody’s backing band is called “The Tone Deaf Hippies” so everytime he goes on stage, he’s making music with hippies.
He’s The First Modern Independent Country Artist To Go Platinum
Along with other modern country artists like Tyler Childers, who got a certified Gold single for his song “Feathered Indians” which sold or streamed 500,000 copies. Cody has 2 certified Gold singles for the songs “Hippies & Cowboys” and “Loud and Heavy”. He then went one better when “Loud and Heavy” went Platinum for selling 1,000,000 copies – The first modern independent country artist to do this.
The Song “Loud And Heavy” Was Inspired By His 2 Year Old Son
Cody Jinks was taking his 2 year old son to a tractor supply company because his son asked to see tractors. On the way, it started raining and it got so heavy that he said to his son “Hey buddy, there’s a lot of loud thunder and heavy rain out there.” His son kept repeating the phrase “loud thunder, heavy rain” over and over which led to Cody writing the song “Loud And Heavy”.
He Encourages And Helps Up And Coming Artists
Cody is well known in the country music industry for the help and encouragement he gives to up and coming artists. Whether it’s bringing them on tour with him or appearing on one of their songs, Cody is all for helping new artists. As Tennessee Jet, Paul Cauthen, Josh Morningstar, Sunny Sweeeney and Ward Davis can testify.
He Had The Number 1 Spot On Two Consecutive Weeks For Different Albums
In 2019 Cody released a new album called “After The Fire” and the following week he released “The Wanting” both of which went to number 1 on just album sales. Both albums sold around 12,500 in album sales, which was unheard of for an independent artist in one week.
He Has His Own Fan-Based Staunch Supporters
The real Cody Jinks supporters go by the name of “Flockers” which all started with a Facebook page “Black Sheep” set up by Mr.William Higgens. The Flockers consist of more than 30,000 Cody Jinks fans that are willing to give up their own money and time voluntarily to promote Cody.
He Paid Tribute To Taylor Hawkins
At his show at the Round Rock Amphitheatre North of Austin, Texas on April 2nd 2022 Cody Jinks broke his regular set to play a cover of the Foo Fighters “Learn To Fly” from the Foo Fighters album “There Is Nothing Left To Lose” in tribute to Taylor Hawkins who passed away on March 25th 2022.
His First Successful Charting Album Was Named After The Studio It Was Recorded At
Cody Jinks first successful charting album was titled “Adobe Sessions” and was named after The Adobe Room at Tornillo, Texas’ Sonic Ranch studio where it was recorded. The album peaked at number 2 on the Heatseekers South Central and number 8 on the Heatseekers Mountain chart.
His Song “Hand Me Down” Was Inspired By His 6 Year Old Daughter
Cody Jinks’ 6 year old daughter was given some hand me down clothes and she was so happy with them that he wrote the song “Hand Me Down” which features on his “I’m Not The Devil” album.
He Released A Metal Album And A Country Album On The Same Day
Cody Jinks is keeping alive his metal dream while also sticking to his country roots by releasing 2 albums on the same day with 2 bands in totally different genres of music. Cody released an album called “Mercy” on the same day as he released another album called “None The Wiser” with his metal band, Caned By Nod.
His Album “I’m Not The Devil” Was Rated One Of The Best By Rolling Stone Magazine
Rolling Stone magazine rated Cody Jinks 2016 album “I’m Not The Devil” which includes a cover of Merle Haggard’s “The Way I Am”, one of the best country albums of 2016.
He Covered A Pink Floyd Song In 2017
In 2017 Cody Jinks covered the Pink Floyd track “Wish You Were Here” complete with Austin Tripp on the steel guitar.
He Wrote A Song About His Grandparents
Cody Jinks’ 2019 album “After The Fire” contains the track “William and Wanda” which was written about his late grandparents.
He Gives Credit Where It’s Due
Cody Jinks is considered one of the best country music songwriters around today. He has written many of his own songs but whenever he has co-written a song he is always sure to give them co-writing credits. On his website, there is a section where all songwriters and contributors are listed.
Randy Travis Paid Homage To Cody Jinks
On January 25th 2019 when Cody Jinks was performing at the Heritage Hall in Ardmore, Oklahoma Randy Travis came onto the stage with his wife Mary Davis. Randy thanked Cody Jinks for performing “Diggin’ Up Bones” (a Randy Travis song). Mary Davis then said, “when George Jones was asked, ‘Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes?’ He said Randy Travis. And I just want to tell you tonight, when people ask us who is gonna fill Randy Travis’s shoes, it’s Cody Jinks”.
His Show At The Red Rock Amphitheatre In Colorado Was A Sell Out
Cody Jinks played a show at the Red Rock Amphitheatre In Colorado on July 13th 2019. The theatre has almost 10,000 seats and every one of them was filled. Cody has proved he’s a popular modern country music artist with a large fan base throughout the USA and beyond. Hit record sales online are one thing, but to fill The Red Rock Amphitheatre as an independent artist, with no big record company’s backing is something else.
He Supports Fellow Country Music Artists
When the country and Southern rock band “The Steel Woods” made their first live appearance after the sad death of their guitarist and founding member Jason “rowdy” Cope, not only was Cody Jinks there to watch and support the band, he performed a song with them too. He got on stage and sang the Merle Haggard song “Are The Good Times Really Over” with the band at Billy Bob’s Texas in Fort Worth on January 16th 2021.
He Wasn’t Always A Musician
Cody Jinks has worked in many various jobs during his life to support himself and his family since leaving home at 18. He worked in a steel shearing plant, in freight docks, restaurants, retail chain stores and bars before becoming a full time musician.
He Tried To Save A Dying Homeless Man
Cody went to a convenience store to buy some beer and a lighter on his way to band rehearsal. He saw a homeless man being pushed out of the shop by the shopkeeper. He asked what was going on and the shopkeeper told him the old homeless man was bleeding all over the floor. Cody went outside and asked the man (who was now lying on the floor) “What did you do?” the man replied “I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired”, pulled back the sleeve of his army coat to reveal he’d slit his wrist. Cody asked him what he would like and the man said he wanted a sprite and a cigarette. He got him a sprite and helped the man drink and gave him a cigarette while they waited for the ambulance. Another man was helping try to stem the blood flow from his gaping wrist until eventually the paramedics took over. Sadly the old man died but his last memories will be of one man’s kindness to a complete stranger in their time of need.
Frequently Asked Questions
Cody Jinks fans are known as “Flockers”.
The Cody Jinks song that contains the lines “Money can’t buy more than it can, when you ain’t got nothing but something to prove” is “All It Cost Me Was Everything” taken from the album “Mercy”.
Cody Jinks was in a thrash metal band that was called “Unchecked Aggression” who were originally called “Silas”.
Cody Jinks’ backing band is called “The Tone Deaf Hippies”.
Cody Jinks’ new metal band is called “Caned By Nod”.
The Pink Floyd Track that Cody Jinks covered in 2017 was “Wish You Were Here”.
The song “William and Wanda” by Cody Jinks was written about his grandparents.
The Cody Jinks song that contains the lines “I don’t talk with Jesus, as much as I should, I don’t read that Good Book, everyday like I could” is “Cast no Stones” from the album of the same name.
Cody Jinks never worked as a sheep shearer, he once worked in a steel shearing plant.
The Cody Jinks song that contains the lines “It wasn’t no gun they held to my head, I got caught up believing in lies that were said” is “I’m Not the Devil” taken from the album of the same name.
The Merle Haggard song that Cody Jinks covered on his 2016 album “I’m Not The Devil” is “The Way I Am”.
Cody Jinks was born in Haltom City in Fort Worth, Texas, United States.
The Randy Travis song that Cody Jinks was singing at the Heritage Hall in Ardmore Oklahoma when Randy Travis and his wife Mary Davis got on stage with him was “Diggin’ Up Bones”.
On Cody Jinks’ cover version of Pink Floyds “Wish You Were Here” Austin Tripp was playing steel guitar.
The Cody Jinks song that contains the lines “I got me a sweet girl at home, she’s keeping food on the table, every night she keeps me warm” is “Mamma Song” taken from the “Adobe Sessions” album.
The title of the album released by Caned By Nod on the same day as “Mercy” is “None The Wiser”.
The Cody Jinks song that contains the lines “I know I’m chasin’ rainbows thinkin’ I could make it work, but the fact is that my actions speak louder than my words” is “Must Be The Whiskey” taken from the album “Lifers”.
Cody Jinks’ album “Lifers” reached number 2 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart.
The brand of whiskey that Cody Jinks’ song “Must Be The Whiskey” mentions is Jim Beam.
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