by Cody Jinks


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Following a string of self-released albums that culminated in 2016's I'm Not the Devil making a surprise number four appearance on Billboard's Country Albums chart, Texas singer/songwriter Cody Jinks makes his label debut with the brooding, existentially concerned Lifers. A former hardcore singer who, through years of tenacious gigging and writing, established himself as a classic country outlaw on the fringes of the business, Jinks' success has been hard-won and, given the independent spirit of his music, it's somehow fitting that a label deal didn't enter the picture until he was already six albums in. With Lifers, released in 2018 by Rounder Records, the Fort Worth native offers a slightly amplified version of his earthy, honest, and frequently dark-toned country style. Like fellow high-achieving mainstream country outsiders Chris Stapleton and Jason Isbell, Jinks' appeal lies not in the trucks-flags-jeans tropes of moneyed Nashville song machines, but in his salt-of the-earth feel and willingness to embrace the minor-key darkness that is more likely the reality of much of his audience. From the brooding lead single "Must Be the Whiskey" to the acoustic, cello-adorned "Head Case," he examines life's messier and more desperate moments, offering reassurance in a very human way. The title track, a heartfelt anthem of sorts for those weary and unsung souls deeply devoted to what may well be a dying trade or personal ambition, also feels like a nod to Jinks' own perseverance, putting out album after album and gigging endlessly with little recognition or reward until now. As straight-shooting as it is, Lifers isn't all gloom and existential woe; songs like "Big Last Name" and "Can't Quit Enough" are freewheeling honky tonk rockers with a pleasing blue-collar appeal and fun vibe. Newfound success and new label or not, Lifers is another rock-solid release in Jinks' remarkably consistent career.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/27/2018
Label: Rounder / Umgd
UPC: 0888072063884
catalogNumber: 610040
Rank: 15895

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cody Jinks   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Joshua Thompson   Bass,Background Vocals
Chris Claridy   Acoustic Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Leroy Powell   Acoustic Guitar
David Colvin   Percussion,Drums
Carole Rabinowitz   Cello
Maureen Murphy   Background Vocals
Kristen Rogers   Background Vocals
Stephcynie Curry   Background Vocals
Austin Tripp   Pedal Steel Guitar
Drew Harakal   Acoustic Guitar,Keyboards,Melodica

Technical Credits

Joshua Thompson   Producer
Arthur Penhallow   Producer
Billy Don Burns   Composer
Austin Allsup   Composer
Scott Copeland   Composer
Eric Allen   Composer
Ward Davis   Composer
Zachary "EZ" Nelson   Art Direction,Illustrations
Paul Cauthen   Composer
Jerry Ordonez   Engineer
Cody Jinks   Composer
Edward Spear   Engineer
Tennessee Jet   Composer
Josh Morningstar   Composer
Charles Godrey   Engineer

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