Cody Jinks has announced his most prestigious concert to date: the outlaw country singer, who commands one of the most passionate fan bases in country music, will headline Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium on October 21st. The former leader of thrash-metal band Unchecked Aggression announced the news on Twitter. Tickets go on sale Friday, July 14th.
Since releasing his breakthrough album I’m Not the Devil last August, Jinks has stayed busy on the road, further cementing his reputation as a popular live draw. Last week, he headlined the famous Stone Pony in Asbury Park, New Jersey, where he delivered a faithful take on Hank Williams Jr.’s drink-to-oblivion anthem “Whiskey Bent and Hellbound.” (Watch the performance below.)
“If you stay on the road and put out independent records that people dig on, you’re gonna earn a lot of fans that are really thirsting for substance,” Jinks told Rolling Stone Country last year of his road-warrior approach. “Somebody they can say, ‘That’s our guy. I believe that guy. That guy has something to say.'”
Jinks has also been active online, posting a pair of video tributes to Chris Cornell in the days after the Soundgarden singer’s death in May, including a stunning interpretation of “Black Hole Sun” with fellow Texas vocalist Paul Cauthen. He’ll play three shows with Cauthen this weekend in the Carolinas. Ward Davis is set to open for Jinks at the November Ryman date.