Skyline Sessions

Live In Studio: Cody Jinks

Texas-based artist mines the era of Merle and Waylon.

Denton, Texas-based singer-songwriter Cody Jinks is part of a movement of artists (which includes critics’ darlings Chris Stapleton and Sturgill Simpson) making “traditional” country music – traditional in the sense that the music hearkens back to the heyday of artists like Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings and George Jones, when Nashville wasn’t afraid of producing a darker, emotionally bare and genuine product. In Jinks’ breakout hit “I’m Not The Devil,” the narrator has hit rock bottom and appeals to a hurt lover for forgiveness. The crime isn’t revealed; “I slipped, and I fell” is about the best we know of the narrator’s mistake, but we know it was a big one. The song’s vagueness makes it applicable across a spectrum of misdeeds, and that’s smart songwriting. Whether rebelling against the current slough of radio twang-pop or simply admiring and adhering to a nostalgic sound, artists like Jinks are reminding us what good country music does best: It inspires deep reflection.

Jinks, with bandmates Josh Thompson and Chris Claridy, visited Houston Public Media’s Geary Studio to record “I’m Not The Devil.”


Troy Schulze

Troy Schulze

Producer, Houston Matters

Troy Schulze is a producer for Houston Matters. He also produces the podcast Party Politics and the digital video series Skyline Sessions. Schulze has been working as a writer and producer in digital media for over 20 years. He has received three Emmy nominations for his work on the TV...

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