This story has been updated.
“I asked him if he was trying to get a job.”
“I don’t know man, I don’t think anyone would hire me.”
This was the exchange between Jamey Johnson and Cody Jinks when Cody walked out on the stage at the Von Braun Center Arena in Huntsville, AL on Thursday, February 28th sporting a clean shaven face—something even many hardcore Cody Jinks fans known as “Flockers” have never seen before.
For years Cody’s huge beard has been a signature feature of the Ft. Worth-based singer and traditional country artist. It was just one of many bushy faces sported by a fraternity of performers that have all become close friends over the years, including Jamey Johnson, as well as regular tour mates Whitey Morgan, Ward Davis, and others.
Jamey Johnson and Cody Jinks co-headlined the show in Huntsville on Thursday, with Cody coming out to sing with Johnson on the classic Merle Haggard tune, “Are The Good Times Really Over” (see below).
Cody Jinks is one of multiple independently-minded country artists re-writing the script on what is possible for a performer without mainstream radio support. His Rounder Records debut Lifers released in 2018 went #2 on the Billboard Country Albums chart, and Cody regularly sells out venues across the country. Cody Jinks and Jamey Johnson had the Von Braun Center Arena packed to the rafters on Thursday. Sunny Sweeney who also regularly tours with Cody, opened the evening’s show.
Reaction to Cody Jinks’ clean face has been mixed, and there’s no word if he’ll start growing it out again, or if his bald cheeks will be a permanent fixture moving forward.