Cody Jinks’ 2016 album I’m Not the Devil harbored a rather sour worldview, decrying life-draining vampires and crumbling value systems in equal measure. That dark cynicism is a trait Jinks shares with Pink Floyd, whose classic “Wish You Were Here” he recently recorded and released.
Originally the title track for the English band’s 1975 album, “Wish You Were Here” marries its instantly recognizable 12-string guitar part to lyrics describing exhaustion and alienation – inspired in part by the breakdown of the band’s ex-singer Syd Barrett. Jinks’ swirling version of the oft-covered song adds some sighing pedal steel up front, but doesn’t radically change the key elements beyond Jinks’ deep Texas twang standing in for David Gilmour’s smooth croon.
The runaway success of I’m Not the Devil has helped propel Jinks, a former thrash metal singer, into the country music spotlight and on the road. He’s currently playing a series of sold-out West Coast dates with Paul Cauthen, including one at the Crescent Ballrom in Phoenix on January 23rd.