I’d never heard of Cody Jinks before now, but at first listen I could tell he’d been playing, singing, and writing for a long time.
This isn’t the music I’d normally listen to. It’s country. And let’s get this out of the way, it’s really country. It’s not Ryan Adams singing about New York. It’s the spirit of Merle Haggard and Ronnie Milsap, crying over booze and losing women. But it’s got a texture that raises it above the stereotypical. Maybe it’s Jinks’ past as the lead singer for punk metal band Unchecked Aggression. Whatever it is, it works.
The whole album is streaming below, but make sure you at least listen to “Mamma Song” and “Birds.” They give a good sense of the breadth and depth of this terrific songwriter.