Cody Jinks made his national television debut last night, stopping by Conan to perform his apologetic ballad “I’m Not the Devil.” Watch the performance above.
Donning his usual black hat and a Scott Copeland and the Haters t-shirt, Jinks pulled no punches, offering a visibly emotional take on the vulnerable title track from his 2016 album. His pristine baritone vocals in the performance were complemented by a gentle pedal steel and the occasional electric guitar flourish.
Jinks, a Texas native who cut his teeth playing thrash metal, earned national recognition last year after years of touring and recording with I’m Not the Devil, which debuted at number four on Billboard‘s Top Country Albums Chart. “Everybody seems to be calling it a breakout record,” he told Rolling Stone Country in November. “It’s like my fifth record.”
Scott Copeland is a Fort Worth, Texas musician with a dedicated local following and a fan in Jinks. Earlier this month, Copeland wrote an impassioned Facebook post announcing his plans to take time off from music to deal with personal problems. Since last night’s performance, a number of Jinks fans have commented on Copeland’s post with messages of support.
Earlier this week, Jinks released a reverent, somber cover of Pink Floyd’s 1975 track “Wish You Were Here.” He’s currently touring the West Coast with Paul Cauthen.