I’ve been listening to a ton of Cody Jinks lately, and when I do, I can’t help but come back to this warm July night in 2018.
At a show in Peoria, Illinois, Cody sounded off on the state of country music, particularly, the corporate country music machine. As one of the most successful independent artists in country music in recent years, Cody has proved that you don’t need to be part of the Nashville scene to be successful. You just have to make damn good country music.
“Ain’t this shit fun? See this is shit you used to see back in the 70’s when all those motherfuckers were out there singing and playing together, playing and singing and recording each other’s songs. We’re bringing that back!
We said ‘Fuck Nashville, we’ll start our own goddamn club.’”
And this was nearly 3 years ago… the club has ARRIVED.
Since then, Cody Jinks has achieved two Gold-Certified singles, with “Loud And Heavy” even going Platinum recently, Tyler Childers’ “Feathered Indians” went Gold, and Whiskey Myers achieved Gold status as well with “Stone” and “Ballad Of A Southern Man.” Not to mention, Jinks and Childers both sold out Red Rocks in 2019 too.
All of this goes to show you that it is possible to have a ton of success in country music without bending the knee to the corporate music machine. Artists like Cody Jinks, Sturgill Simpson, Margo Price, Tyler Childers, Colter Wall, Whiskey Myers and more are the living proof.
So yeah, I’d say that “club” that Jinks was talking about… they’re doing pretty damn good these days.
And when he sold out Red Rocks the following year, Cody delivered one hell of an intro about not playing by the rules of the corporate music industry. Overwhelmed with gratitude, he said:
“Guys like us that said ‘fuck you’ to the music industry don’t play places like this… but we are very sincerely grateful for all of you coming out and hanging out with us tonight.”