Live Nation and The Armory present Cody Jinks
Review and photos by Adam Mandel
American country and southern country rock star Cody Jinks put in an appearance on Saturday February 8th, 2020 at the Armory in Minneapolis playing under the cold Minnesota snow moon. The Texas outlaw sensation climaxed the country music charts with hits like Cast No Stones from the Adobe Sessions album 2015, Hippies and Cowboys from his Less Wise album 2010 and Same Kind of Crazy as me from his current album The Wanting.
To showcase his creative style Jinks came out with 2 long-waited back to back albums. After the Fire was released on October 11th, 2019 and a week later released the album The Wanting that released on October 17th. Both albums independently produced by Late August Records and makes this his 9th album to date.
Opening for Jinks was American country folk music singer – songwriter and artist Nikki Lane. The South Carolina native and New York fashion designer appeased the fashion gods with her cow print style skirt with a matching jacket and a black hat that takes the yeehaw to the next level.
Lanes most recent studio album Highway Queen was released on February 17th, 2017 followed by All or Nothing released on May 6th, 2014 and Walk of Shame that was released on September 27, 2011.
Lane started the setlist playing You Can’t Talk To Me Like That, Highway Queen, Seein Double and played a well known country blues favorite Fishin’ in the Dark by Nitty Gritty Dirt band. Lane ended the night with Gasoline & Matches and the folk single Jackpot. Nikki played a pearl white acoustic electric guitar and guitar pedalboard on an antique style suitcase.
Nikki Lane Setlist: You Can’t Talk To Me Like That – Highway Queen – Seeing Double – Send the Sun – Man Up – Why You Been Gone So Long – Try A Little Harder – Fishin’ In The Dark – Right Time – Gasoline & Matches – Jackpot
The long bearded Jinks entered the stage wearing a Motörhead t-shirt, sunglasses and a black pinch front hat with a pinned red feather on the side. The stage background was an image of a conjoined black and white wolf from his recent album The Wanting.
Jinks heated up the stage with his southern country rock style and harmonizing baritone voice that gives way to hit after hit of country heatseekers over the years. Jinks started the night with songs from his recent album The Wanting and then a few fan favorites like Must Be the Whiskey and Hippies and Cowboys. Midway through the set Jinks shared a certainly interesting backstory for Ain’t A Train. Jinks chuckling about writing the song with Josh Morningstar while hallucinating on psychedelic mushrooms in New Mexico (referring to the Sonic Ranch recording studio located just south of El Paso, Texas).