Cody Jinks’ “Somewhere in the Middle” Speaks to Connection with Fans
For many on the outside looking into the Cody Jinks phenomenon that has now seen the Fort Worth country singer and songwriter mint Platinum and Gold singles without any mainstream radio play—let alone amass a major fan base, some of whom identify themselves as “Flockers,” who live and breathe all things Cody—they may wonder how this all came about.
Early on, Cody Jinks did have some local support from radio station 95.9 The Ranch in Fort Worth, but that was about it. It was through heavy touring, and a deep connection with his fans from Cody’s songs themselves that secured such a strong and loyal fan base. Even blogs like Saving Country Music were behind the curve when it came to the Cody Jinks phenomenon.
If there was one song that helps illustrate the deep connection Cody Jinks makes with fans, it wouldn’t be his Platinum-selling “Loud and Heavy,” or the Gold-minted “Hippies & Cowboys.” Certainly, these songs helped increase Cody’s popularity. But it’s the song “Somewhere in the Middle” that speaks to the loyalty he enjoys from his fans. This is the song that perfectly encapsulates why Cody Jinks resonates with certain listeners so much.
Originally from his 2010 album Less Wise, “Somewhere in the Middle” doubles down on the working class mindset that so many of Cody’s fans identify with. Where so much of today’s “country” music either looks to offer an unrealistic escapism from average life, or ingratiate rural dwellers with such flattery that it borders on the ridiculous, Cody Jinks offers the perspective that there is nothing wrong with just being normal, or “in the middle,” and working hard for what you have. You shouldn’t expect less, but don’t get chasing your tail envying more, because there’s nothing wrong with what you have, or who you are.
In early December, Cody Jinks released the audio of the sold-out show he played at the legendary Red Rocks amphitheater in Colorado on July 13th, 2019 in Red Rocks Live (read review), as well as streamed the entire performance in a one-time online event. Jinks just released video of his “Somewhere in the Middle” performance from the Red Rocks concert, and with the shots of the crowd all singing along—pumping their fists and high-fiving each other, along Jinks’ mom and family singing along from the wings—it really underscores why this song and Cody Jinks make such a deep connection with so many.
When Cody Jinks takes the stage, he’s not a country music superstar entertaining fans in an audience, he’s one of them that struggled for years, pinballing between jobs while dirt poor just like many of his fans, who just happened to be foisted into a position of popularity through hard work and fate. Watching him perform “Somewhere in the Middle” to a packed venue of loyal fans helps put this into perspective.
December 29, 2020 @ 12:03 pm
Been to multiple Jinks concerts. It’s just a different experience.
You should all do the same someday.
January 1, 2021 @ 10:29 am
Does he have a mohawk now?
December 29, 2020 @ 12:07 pm
Agreed 100%. He really doesn’t release any garbage material, but “Somewhere In The Middle” and “Last Call For The Blues” rank right at the top for me among everything he’s done.
January 1, 2021 @ 10:28 am
Screw the “star spangled banner”. THIS is a real American anthem
December 29, 2020 @ 1:07 pm
Only seen Jinks once, but can relay a related story.
Between a song break, an audience member fought his way to the front of the stage with an outstretched arm. Realizing the man was trying to hand him something, Jinks bent down to receive it, and came up holding a set of dog tags.
I wasn’t close enough to hear the brief conversation that followed, but Jinks was visibly choked up after the exchange, and the crowd filled the silence with a loud “U-S-A” chant while he collected himself.
While I know it’s not an entirely unique moment, it’s a testament to the connection between audience and artist that many big time musical acts are missing nowadays.
December 29, 2020 @ 1:19 pm
My favorite Jinks song for the reasons you point out. I’ve seen him 4 times. Once as a VIP meet and greet. I don’t get caught up in celebs, he’s just a man but he did seem like just a plain old cool dude you’d kick it with on a Friday. His shows are the only ones I’m longing for post covid.
December 29, 2020 @ 2:05 pm
a great artist with a sound it’s still hard for me to pin down; a good blend of country,rock,folk that speaks to the crowd in a special way.
December 29, 2020 @ 2:37 pm
The show he played here in February was my 5th time and it was an incredible crowd sing along experience. He played the old and the new and the crowd went crazy!!! The best show I’ve ever seen from him. Little did I know that night it would be the final show of the year. I’m saving watching the full video for a night I get snowed in here with nothing to do. I’ll pour a couple drinks, settle in and enjoy Red Rocks in all it’s glory here at the mansion.
December 29, 2020 @ 6:39 pm
Was that the Rialto with Alex Williams?
We ended up at a small neighborhood bar a few blocks away from the Theatre after the show. Cody showed up later and had a few beers there. Great time!
December 29, 2020 @ 9:02 pm
Ahhhh fuck, we were parked at the casino and walked over cause it was like 60 degrees out many of us were in there before and after the show …. if we’d of known…. I don’t really know that area so good for other bars etc…. Good for you!
December 29, 2020 @ 4:01 pm
Somewhere In The Middle is a damn near perfect country song. It should be considered a standard.
December 30, 2020 @ 5:25 pm
I’ve been thinking about doing one of those song analysis videos on this one . It is definitely pretty much a perfect country song.
December 29, 2020 @ 4:49 pm
One of my top Jinks songs. Like others said if you get the chance go see him go. I go to alot of shows of different artist. Cody is one the only that will be walking around before he goes on without a big group of security keeping people away. He is the only one I have ever seen that if you walk down to the stage and stand there nicely will walk over in the middle of a performance and take a picture on the stage. The energy from his crowds are like no other. Short story. He’s one of the greatest that may never be recognized like he should. Jinks 2024?
December 29, 2020 @ 4:58 pm
The first time I heard him we had to use our 4 wheelers to get down the muddy road to the Frost land where he had a concert, by Thomas Lake in Cass County. One of my favorite memories. I bought a shirt and he signed it for us. His sister owns a salon down the road from us. My son dates one if his kin folk. Love his music. This is one of my favorite songs. Keep on keepin on Cody…
December 29, 2020 @ 5:17 pm
Also my favorite song by Cody Jinks. Interesting that he grew up in urban-suburban Fort Worth. What makes him a great songwriter, and this song, is that his music speaks to life’s struggles and joys common to those working hard to make it in the city, suburbs, or country.
December 29, 2020 @ 5:22 pm
Chicago show with Sunny Sweeney.
Young fan brought a copy of Catcher in the Rye and held it up to him during Vampires and he motioned off stage for a marker and took the sharpie, got the book and autographed it mid song.
Connect with people, be authentic with them and they’ll be loyal forever.
First time I heard of him or saw him was in Milwaukee when he was out co headlining with White. Whitey opened that night and Cody was out in front of the venue smoking cigarettes and hanging out with the people almost right up until he had to go on stage.
Great guy that gets it. This song is always a go to when someone asks me about him.
December 29, 2020 @ 5:33 pm
I was cutting grass outside pushing a lawnmower the first time i heard this song. Was my first time ever hearing Jinks, immeaditely stopped cutting grass mid song and was like “who is this?”. Been a diehard fan ever since about 4 yrs ago. Also lead to more great music from Ward, and whitey and Morningstar etc etc etc…
December 29, 2020 @ 6:01 pm
Saw Cody 4 the first time a few years back opening 4 Whitey Morgan. Knew nothing of either of them but was blown away by both. What a great show. I made a remark 2 my girlfriend if the headliner is half as good as the opener it was gonna be a hella show. Little 2 my surprise I went out 2 smoke & ended up talking with Cody. Everything from metal 2 country & craziness they both inspire. As we shook hands & parted ways I said “Hope 2 see u again soon”. His response was “As long as I can afford this we (Tone Deaf Hippies) will be back”. Seen him 5 times since.
December 29, 2020 @ 6:02 pm
Was supposed to see him for the first time in late March in Massachusetts then you know…COVID…
Here’s to better times ahead when we can all see some live music and dudes like Cody Jinks can get out on the road and play music…we will on be in a better place
Thanks to Trig for continuing to churn out content for us during this time. I know it all makes my day better coming here
Runnin out of highway, lookin for a place to fall….
December 29, 2020 @ 6:19 pm
There are men and women like Cody everywhere in this country. That’s why he connects.
December 29, 2020 @ 11:30 pm
Cody Jinks restored my faith in Country Music. When the whole Bro-Country thing was happening, I was getting really discouraged and then I heard Cody Jinks at a Giants baseball game and I’ve considered him my favorite artist ever since. I don’t get to go to many Concerts, but I would love to see Cody live if he ever comes to California. I really want him to release a DVD of this night, because I would buy it. I was watching this performance and I was noticing the crowd shots and how everyone was deep into it. It was almost like seeing Musical nirvana.
I think the thing I will always be thankful to Cody for is not only is his music awesome, but he introduced me to so many other artists and made me realize Country is alive and well. I listened to the Ward Davis new album today for the first time and I absolutely loved it. I hope Radio continues to ignore Cody because I feel like he’s “ours” and going to Radio would be like selling out.
December 30, 2020 @ 5:28 am
Cody Jinks is one hell of a nice guy. I met him when he was the opening act for Whitey Morgan twice in Richmond, VA. I don’t begrudge him his success… I do wish that Whitey was in a tour bus, he deserves it
December 30, 2020 @ 6:36 am
I’ve never seen him live, and probably won’t, even if I had the chance. I don’t like crowds, but, this song introduced him to me- my oldest son said his wife said, when she heard this, that the song reminded her of me 🙂
They have seen him live a couple of times and really had a good time- and my son spent time with him, drinking a beer at the bar at the Do-se-Do in the Woodlands almost 3 weeks to the day before he exploded nationally- told my son he had spent nearly 20 years doing the small places- makes me think of Willie who once said it took him 20 years to be an over night sensation
And, I Cast No Stones has become an all time favorite and is likely to become (IMO) one of the all time greats- and William and Wanda is awesome-
December 30, 2020 @ 9:48 am
I’ve been to many concerts in my life..everything from symphonic, to rock to country icons. But, I’ve never experienced anything quite like a Cody Jinks show. Its a “feel good” phenomenon like no other. Sonicly brilliant, highly energetic (if you’ve seen him live, or even streamed the Red Rocks show in its entirety, you know this) and deeply moving. In so many of his songs, Cody shows us how to be better versions of ourselves by recognizing what’s important in life. “Somewhere in the Middle” elevates character over wealth and traditional measures of success. In “Give All You Can”, helping each other is the reason for our very existence. In so many other songs Cody shows us his unique ability to express his values in a way that inspires without a hint of sermonizing, like these lines from “Cast No Stones”:
“And I like to stop
At the end of the day
And I pray that I hurt nobody
Somebody new found their way”
Of course we love him…he is the most grateful and gracious performer you will ever see. He has the best baritone in music today, the best band you could ask for (especially his lead guitar player, Chris Claridy) and a message of simple truth that resonates. If you’ve seen him, you know. If you haven’t, make it happen. You will never forget the experience.
December 30, 2020 @ 9:56 am
The universal positivity amongst country music fans in this comment section is no small accomplishment either.
Between the top tier country music, his substantial contribution to paving an entirely new road for independent country artists of the future and encouraging near universal positivity in a culture currently hellbent on being negative and divided, there’s a good argument he’s doing the most to save country music out of anyone right now. Underrated band too. I was definitely late on Cody. Fortunately, there’s a good chance we’re all early at the same time.
December 30, 2020 @ 10:54 am
This is true. I can’t even mention Tyler Childers these days without someone telling me he’s a communist.
December 30, 2020 @ 6:18 pm
Tyler doesn’t deserve that
December 30, 2020 @ 5:29 pm
Also, unless I missed it in your article, he’s done a bunch of cool podcast episodes in 2020. There were a bunch of videos on youtube at first during the early quarantine times and he now does a regular ordinary kind of podcast with guests:
December 31, 2020 @ 8:08 am
I’ve had the pleasure of seeing him twice. Both were road trips, which is a cool thing to do (when one could do it) in and of itself. I saw him in December of 18 in Grand Rapids, MI (first time seeing him) with the Steel Woods. Great show, really cool venue. Then I saw him this past February in South Bend, IN with Alex Williams. A group of Flockers from facebook met up before hand at a bar before the show. Met some great people and had a lot of fun. But, by happenstance, Jinks and his band were having dinner there. I got to meet him and the band, shake is hand, take a few pics and thank him for the music. I really really wanted to go fanboy on him, but I also know that before a show is not the best time to do that. But he was gracious, he took time with everyone who asked for a little bit of time, and it was just a great moment in time I’ll never forget. And the show was fantastic as well!
He writes and plays great songs, and just the fact that he was willing to take that time with his fans speaks volumes about the guy. But if there’s ever a time where I get to meet him again, I’m definitely going fanboy!