Cody Jinks Gives Unexpected Opportunity to Kentucky’s Jordan Foster
Many fans love to dote on the strong character of their favorite country music artists, but it’s stories like these that really help illustrate it.
Somerset, Kentucky-based singer and songwriter Jordan Foster was playing a show Saturday, July 20th at Champions Sports Bar & Grill in Richmond, Kentucky when no other than Cody Jinks walked in the door. Jinks was in town playing two sold out shows at the Eastern Kentucky University’s Center for the Arts only a couple of blocks from Champions, and stopped in after his performance for a drink.
A huge Cody Jinks fan, Jordan Foster was shocked when as he was singing the old Waylon Jennings standard “Don’t You Think This Outlaw Bit’s Done Got Out of Hand,” Cody Jinks emerged from the crowd, along with singer-songwriter Josh Morningstar, and started singing with him.
“It was just so cool that it was him that came in because he’s one of my favorites out there and he’s someone I’ve always thought has done everything right in a world where everyone’s doing it the wrong way,” Foster tells Saving Country Music.
Jinks stayed all the way until the end of Jordan’s show, and afterwards invited Jordan to hang out with him on the bus where Jinks requested to hear some of Jordan’s recorded material. Jinks took a particular shine to Jordan’s songs “Gypsy Blues,” “Crystal Clear,” and “The Bed I’m Laying” from his recent two albums.
“He listened to them all several times and loved them,” Jordan says. “That meant so much to me to have someone I look up to so much love the songs I’ve written and sang. That’s something I’ll never forget!”
Cody Jinks was so impressed with the Jordan and his music, he invited him to open the show the next night with his band. Jordan took the stage Sunday (6-21) and performed “Whitehouse Road” by fellow Kentuckian Tyler Childers, and reprised his performance of Waylon’s “Outlaw Bit” with Cody Jinks and Josh Morningstar from the bar the night before.
“The crowd went crazy during all my songs and even gave us a standing ovation,” Jordan Foster says. “As I was was walking off the stage Cody was waiting on me and said, ‘Turn around man look, they’re standing up for you!’ It was an awesome experience.”
From local country bands who perform three hours a night for beer and tips just hoping for a shot at the big time, to performers who’ve risen to be able to sell out theaters on multiple nights without any mainstream radio play, country music is still alive in the hearts of the performers and audiences big and small, and forever connected from the passion for the music.
Jordan Foster’s latest record ‘In Back & White’ was released in 2018. The new album from Cody Jinks, ‘After The Fire,’ will be released on October 4th.
July 29, 2019 @ 11:43 am
Good stuff right there. Thanks for sharing.
July 29, 2019 @ 12:50 pm
That’s great! Love seeing older/bigger artists support the younger/smaller ones. I bet Cody felt the same way getting so much love from Randy Travis this year.
July 29, 2019 @ 12:59 pm
What an amazing opportunity! So wonderful to see an established artist like Jinks reaching down to give new artist a hand to pull them up! Great story.
July 29, 2019 @ 2:12 pm
Damn that’s solid gold right there.
Another reason for us to love guys doin it the right way
July 29, 2019 @ 4:35 pm
North Woods Country
July 29, 2019 @ 4:51 pm
My local radion station played “White Bikini” for half a year. I’m sad it never took off.
July 29, 2019 @ 5:02 pm
Paying it forward-
July 29, 2019 @ 5:23 pm
… and credit needs to go to Trigger for compounding the reach of this act of coolness by posting the story. Now Mr. Foster will reach even more potential fans with his music.
July 29, 2019 @ 5:38 pm
This sounds like the first hour or so of A Star is Born. Hopefully Jordan doesn’t get a massive make over. 😉
This is good stuff, on a serious note. Cody Jinks is a really great guy.
July 29, 2019 @ 6:32 pm
Well done covering this, Trigger. Made my day.
July 29, 2019 @ 9:00 pm
That’s super fucking cool right there
July 29, 2019 @ 9:44 pm
Love this shit right here. Could listen to these boys all day long really hope Cody helps Jordan out he deserves it. Cody jinks loud n heavy I listen to that on a daily bases.. Keep em coming..
July 29, 2019 @ 11:01 pm
Now..that’s what i call…country!
July 30, 2019 @ 3:38 am
What a cool story. One of my favorite things about the shows some of the “traditional” country artists is that they show support for the song writers and smaller artists quite often. Kudos to Mr. Jinks for giving Jordan some spotlight and support.
July 30, 2019 @ 7:01 am
This reminds me of the time that Evan Bartels was playing a solo acoustic show at Bucks’ Bar & Grill (only bar in Venice Nebraska) and the Cody Jinks/Ward Davis/TN Jet show got rained out nearby. Every single one of them showed up at Buck’s while Evan was playing, as it’s been one of their favorite stops in Nebraska since the beginning.
Evan let them all borrow his guitar for a couple tunes, and by the end of the night Cody, Ward, and Evan were all singing Ed Bruce’s “Old Wore Out Cowboy” together.
Everyone in the place felt the magic that was happening. Ill never forget that night.
July 30, 2019 @ 5:22 pm
Cody Jinks. Every album has a large amount of amazing music, he’s incredibly supportive of his peers, he’s incredibly supportive of his fans, he writes great beer drinking songs, fight songs, love songs, spiritual songs, you name it, he’s written a great song about it, no need to overlook anything in his music, attitude, or character, no need to support him in spite of anything, no worries his next album will be anything but great country music (notwithstanding his heavy background), and no need to even bicker in the comments section of Saving Country Music. He’s that good of a person. He’s that good of an artist. He deserves the universal support he gets from all of us. God bless and God speed! Hard work, integrity, and talent has earned you the George W. Spot in my current country artist Mount Rushmore. Being a hillbilly who’s never seen Texas, I really made you earn it and you did my friend!
July 31, 2019 @ 8:40 am
Great story. Thanks for sharing it with us.
March 12, 2020 @ 12:44 pm
My wife and I were there that night. It was awesome, but believe it or not heard some people (who I believe were drunk) b!tch!ng because “they came to hear Cody”. Jerks.