Renowned singer, songwriter and musician Cody Jinks’ new song, “Dying Trying,” is debuting today. Listen/share HERE. The song is the second unveiled from Jinks’ anticipated new metal album, None The Wiser, which he created with his band Caned By Nod and will be released November 12 (pre-order here).
In conjunction with None The Wiser, Jinks will also release a new solo country record, Mercy, the same day, both via his independent label, Late August Records (pre-order here). Both produced and engineered by Edward Spear (with co-production on Mercy by Jinks’ longtime bandmate Joshua Thompson) and recorded simultaneously at Sonic Ranch in Tornillo, Texas, the two records represent Jinks’ uniqueness as an artist, demonstrating his rare ability to successfully create across genres. Although varying sonically and thematically, Mercy and None The Wiser are tied together through Jinks’ signature songwriting, which takes yet another step forward with even more perception and grit displayed on both albums. Ahead of the releases, Jinks recently unveiled two additional songs, one from each record: “All It Cost Me Was Everything” from Mercy and “Middle Finger” from None The Wiser.
With Mercy, Jinks continues to put forth his unique eclectic country sound, incorporating a hybrid of soulful elements, including rock, blues, classic country, metal and more. Written entirely during quarantine, Jinks used his time at home to further develop his already accomplished songwriting skills. Working with both longtime friends and heroes, Mercy features collaborations with artists such as Chris Shiflett, Kendell Marvel, Adam Hood, TN Jet, David Matsler, Josh Morningstar, Greg C. Jones and Ward Davis, as well as Jinks’ wife, Rebecca.
Meanwhile, None The Wiser takes its cues from arena-caliber classic rock, thrash metal and psychedelic-tinged grungeand marks a full circle moment for Jinks, who performed in a metal band two decades ago before making the shift to country music. The ten tracks on None The Wiser, all of which he wrote with his past bandmate Ben Heffley, are a mix of old and new, some written as recently as this year, while others date back to the early 2000s.
Reflecting on the two projects, Jinks shares, “It was very different recording them at the same time. Literally, it was being in one studio and walking next door and going from this beautiful country song that we’re doing to just this really angry metal song, flipping a switch,” and continues, “The actual art of writing was the only thing I really had to focus on to keep myself sane…the song comes first. If I’m not writing a great song, then I’m dead in the water. I really, really focused on being a better wordsmith.”
In addition to Jinks (vocals), Mercy features his longtime band—Joshua Thompson (bass, background vocals), Chris Claridy (lead guitar, acoustic guitar), Austin Tripp (steel guitar, dobro), David Colvin (drums, percussion) and Drew Harakal (keys, acoustic guitar, background vocals)—while Caned By Nod is Jinks (vocals, guitar), Jacob Lentner (guitars), Aksel Coe (drums) and Calvin Knowles (bass).
In celebration of the new music, Jinks will perform select headline show this fall including upcoming stops at Las Vegas’ The Chelsea (three nights, all sold-out), Asheville’s Harrah’s Cherokee Center, St Louis’ The Fabulous Fox, Minneapolis’ The Armory and Austin’s Nutty Brown Amphitheater (two shows, one sold-out) as well as a special performance at Stagecoach 2022. See below for complete itinerary. Full details can be found at codyjinks.com/all-events.
MERCY TRACK LIST
1. All It Cost Me Was Everything
2. Hurt You
4. Feeding the Flames
5. I Don’t Trust My Memories Anymore
6. Like a Hurricane
7. How It Works
8. Nobody Knows How to Read
10. Dying Isn’t Cheap
12. When Whiskey Calls the Shots
NONE THE WISER TRACK LIST
1. Middle Finger
2. Dying Trying
3. None the Wiser
4. Seeing Ghosts
6. Led Astray
7. Half a Life
8. Can’t Hide the Truth
9. Broken Wings
CODY JINKS CONFIRMED TOUR DATES
BOLD on-sale next Friday, September 24
September 17—Pryor, OK—Born & Raised Music Festival
September 25—Austin, TX—Nutty Brown Amphitheater* (SOLD OUT)
September 26—Austin, TX—Nutty Brown Amphitheater*
October 8—Columbia, SC—Township Auditorium#
October 9—Asheville, NC—Harrah’s Cherokee Center
November 13—St. Louis, MO—The Fabulous Fox+
November 19—Minneapolis, MN—The Armory+
December 2—Las Vegas, NV—The Chelsea+ (SOLD OUT)
December 3—Las Vegas, NV—The Chelsea+ (SOLD OUT)
December 5—Las Vegas, NV—The Chelsea+ (SOLD OUT)
April 29-May 1, 2022—Indio, CA—Stagecoach Festival 2022
*with special guest Travis Tritt
#with special guests Randy Rogers Band and Ward Davis
+with special guest Randy Rogers Band