Quick story: I was bullied a lot in middle school. We moved from Murfreesboro, TN to Altamonte Springs, FL and I was fat and I talked funny. So, naturally, I got bullied and beat up. A lot. That time in my life is where my affinity for country music was solidified in me.
I was raised by country music fans in a small town outside of Nashville. Then, when we moved, country music became an escape and my connection to home.
Lifers is unlike the country music that is played on the radio today; you will not find any drum machines or dance-style beats on this record. This is two-stepping country. This is crying pedal steel country. This is timeless country. Cody Jinks makes real country music.
However, it is not unique. The majority of this album is run of the mill modern outlaw country music. Granted, it is country music the way that country music should sound, but this album could get a little lost in the crowd.
Don’t get me wrong, I like this record. I just don’t want you to think that it is some sort of pinnacle of country music. However, every track on Lifers is without a doubt better than the songs being played on your local country music radio station.
There are a few instances where Lifers shines and Cody Jinks flexes his songwriting muscle. And when this guy writes a sad song, he writes one hell of a sad damn song. Holy crap.
If you like country music and despise the drivel on the radio, buy this record.
My favorite track: Colorado
Side note: The title track was co-written by the great Tennessee Jet