Since the venue is only 3 hours east of Jinks’ claimed hometown of Fort Worth there were several familiar faces that made the drive as well as the local crowd in attendance. As the band started to take the stage the crowd started screaming and hollering, as Cody sauntered out the place completely erupted. Gratitude was written all over Cody’s face by the smile from ear to ear as he looked out at the crowd of yet another sold out show. This is becoming a common affair for Cody Jinks and his band The Tone Deaf Hippies. As Jinks walked up to the microphone with his smile still intact he shook his arms almost as if he was trying to shake off some of the excitement.
He started off with “No Guarantees” a huge fan favorite. As the show continued through the stacked set Jinks took a minute to address his fans and dedicate the song, “Vampires” to everyone with kids in the audience. You could see this struck a chord with several in attendance by the smiles on faces and cheering of the crowd. Another stand out moment was when the first note rang out to one of my and obvious other fan favorites “Been Around” the crowd become even more animated and was singing along to every word of the song.
That was followed up with his Hank Williams Jr. cover of “Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound.” A huge announcement came from Cody as he began to tell the crowd about a three-way phone conversation he had earlier that day with country great Clint Black, himself, and Ward Davis. He told us that Ward Davis and he had already recorded their parts for the Clint Black song that he covers titled “Nothings News” and that Clint Black himself would be recording his part to be included on the next album that would be coming out in the spring of 2018. After this weekend’s round of shows he and the band would be headed out to Sonic Ranch in El Paso, Texas to record the next album. This album will include many special guests that are close friends that he has been touring with that many have compared to this generations version of the Highwaymen.
Towards the end of the show Cody told the crowd that it was time for one his favorite parts of the show and it included some crowd participation that song was “Cast No Stones”. The crowd was very happy to help him out and sang every word of the song as if it was their anthem. He followed that up with another favorite “Loud Thunder, Heavy Rain” and as they finished this song the band left the stage, but only for a brief moment. After a few minutes of the band leaving the stage and the crowd chanting Cody Jinks the band returned to the stage for two more songs. He closed it out with an encore of “Rock and Roll” and another favorite where he told that fans that these two types of people are his favorite in the world to be around “Hippies and Cowboys”.
I can tell you that his next album will be nothing short of incredible when it comes out and I encourage you to catch one of his shows if you have yet to do so because it is an experience unlike anything you have ever experienced before.
Here are a few moments we were able to catch while in attendance at the show.
Words: Craig Youngblood & Lindsay Wardlow
Photos: Paula & Craig Youngblood
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