Cody Jinks Opus “Adobe Sessions” Officially Certified Gold by RIAA

photo: Brad Coolidge

Some Cody Jinks fans happened upon the Fort Worth, TX native thanks to his 2010 album Less Wise, which included big songs such as “Hippies and Cowboys,” and “Somewhere in the Middle.”

But for many Cody Jinks fans, where it all initially started for them was Cody’s 2015 album Adobe Sessions. Considered his masterpiece by many, the album is anchored by Cody’s signature song “Loud and Heavy,” and is full of one great song after another, including the Saving Country Music 2015 Song of the Year, “David.”

Recorded at the Sonic Ranch just outside of El Paso, the compound’s adobe walls are what gave rise to the name to the album, while the music made there is what gave rise to Cody Jinks as one of the most successful independent country artists of all time. Touring as an opener for Sturgill Simpson in 2015 as the strength of Adobe Sessions resonated throughout country fandom, it was like Cody Jinks was shot out of a cannon.

Now Adobe Sessions has officially achieved a milestone that just a few years ago seemed unattainable to independent country artists: RIAA Gold Certification for sales of 500,000 copies and streaming equivalents. Officially certified on February 8th, Jinks can add this precious metal beside his plaques for the Certified Gold song “Hippies and Cowboys,” and the Certified Platinum song “Loud and Heavy”—both certified in the summer of 2020.

Released independently without a label, Cody Jinks has commemorated Adobe Sessions on numerous occasions, including a live stream he conducted on September 12th, 2020 called Unplugged & Behind the Music: Adobe Sessions that was later released as an album and has launched multiple standalone videos. And in anticipation of the Gold Certification for Adobe Sessions, Jinks made up some 180-gram double LP translucent gold vinyl editions of Adobe Sessions that are still for sale.

Along with Certified Gold albums for Purgatory by Tyler Childers, and Metamodern Sounds in Country Music by Sturgill Simpson, Adobe Sessions has gone on to define the current swell of insurgent country music.

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