Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is a Huge Cody Jinks Fan (& Sturgill, Jamey Johnson, etc.)

photo: Greg Giannukos

photo: Greg Giannukos

Who knew actor Dwayne Johnson, a.k.a The Rock had such good taste in music? Well his 82.5 million followers on Instagram do now after Sunday evening he let his love for Cody Jinks, and specifically Cody’s song “Somewhere in the Middle” from his 2010 record Less Wise be known.

“I tried, but I could never write music that good,” Johnson posted. “I always had a decent ear for rhythm and a good eye for lyrics though. Check this song out by one of my favs Cody Jinks. These lyrics spoke to me pretty quickly. And where the chorus goes tempo and rhythmically is pretty cool … ‘You never know who you’re talking to, but always know who’s watching you, keep your feet movin’ straight down the line.'”

Many people might not remember, but at one point Dwayne Johnson was cast to play country legend Charley Pride in a biopic film. In 2011, actor Terrence Howard backed out of the position and Johnson reportedly stepped in. However the Charley Pride film has been indefinitely delayed due to what is rumored to be rights issues with some of the film’s material.

Dwayne Johnson didn’t stop with his love for Cody Jinks either. “I’m a life long fan of traditional, hard core country (Paycheck, Willie, Haggard, Jones, Jamey Johnson, Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson etc) but even if you’re not, I think you’ll dig and appreciate it.”

A native of Ft. Worth, Texas, Cody Jinks has been on an incredible clip lately after the release of his 7th album I’m Not The Devil. It was named Saving Country Music’s 2016 Album of the Year. With a head full of momentum, Cody’s been packing venues on his current tour, and looks to be on a similar trajectory to Sturgill Simpson who saw his meteoric rise due to high-profile endorsements among other accolades.