Saturday night, October 26th was supposed to see Cody Jinks celebrating his latest #1 record After The Fire at the Nacogdoches County Expo Center in the oldest town in Texas, with Texas country band Flatland Cavalry opening the show. However a serious threat received by the venue targeting the event was alarming enough for Cody Jinks and local officials to decide to cancel the show. The Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office says they were notified of the threat Saturday morning, and that it was made over the phone via an online app. Officials have yet to confirm the specific nature of the threat.
“It is with much regret and aggravation that we have to cancel the show in Nacogdoches, Texas tonight,” Cody Jinks said in a statement. “We are here, set up, and ready, but we have been notified that there has been a threat of violence issued for tonight’s show. The local officials along with federal officials are trying to track down the person who issued the threat, but haven’t just yet. So, in good conscience, my team and I have decided to postpone the show this evening. The safety for our fans, friends, and staff is first and foremost. I personally had family make long drives and paid for hotels so I understand any aggravation and frustration. We will make it up to you and keep you updated when we are able to reschedule the show.”
The Nacogdoches Country Sheriff’s Office says that the FBI, Texas Rangers, and the Texas Department of Public Safety are involved in determining who made the threat and why. If anyone has any information about the threat, they’re asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at (936) 560-7777. Early Saturday evening, Nacogdoches Country Sheriff Jason Bridges made the following statement:
The Cody Jinks concert that was scheduled for tonight at the Nacogdoches County Exposition Center has been canceled. We’re sorry that we’ve had to cancel this event. This morning, shortly after 10:00 a.m., the officials there at the County Expo Center received a threat from an individual. Law enforcement was notified. We have been working this investigation. A threat was made upon doing violence during the concert. The threat was made over the phone, and since this morning we’ve been trying to establish who made that phone call.
With all the technology and everything that’s out there, obviously it takes some time to track those phone calls down. Apparently this was made through an online app. So we’ve been tracking that information. But I can assure that we’re going to do everything we can to identify who made this phone call, and bring them to justice. We have informed the promoters of the Cody Jinks concert of this threat, and they have decided for the best interest of the public and the safety of the public to cancel the event.
I know there were a lot of people planning on attending the event, and I truly understand that you’re probably disappointed. We certainly are sorry to have to cancel the event. But ultimately, the safety of our citizens is the top priority and concern for everybody, and we hope you keep that in mind. We canceled the event for your safety.
Cody Jinks played a show Friday evening (10-25) at The Backyard in Fredericksburg, TX. His next show is scheduled at the Albany Events Center in Albany, GA on November 7th. Jinks just released his 2nd album in successive weeks called The Wanting on October 18th, which just like After The Fire released on October 11th, is aiming to go #1 in country in pure album sales, and debut near the top of the charts.
More information on the threat if and when it becomes available.