The first time someone walks into Billy Bobs Texas in Fort Worth, they are smacked face first with raging honky tonk music, the refreshing scent of a bull riding arena, and constant clink of beer bottles bouncing off the wooden dance floors. Texas country artist Cody Jinks performed live this past Friday right before he started his official tour on Saturday March 4th in Roscoe, TX where he will release his newest album whose name has yet to be announced. To natives of the area, this was a must-see concert as Jinks hasn’t performed in Texas for the past 4 months.
Jinks began his array of acoustic songs from his album Adobe Sessions which tussled the crowd particularly when he performed “Mama Song” as the opener to the setlist. Although Cody Jinks generally performs his music in small venues, he transformed his persona to fit the loud crowd atmosphere with a full band onstage beside him. For those who have never attended a concert at the famed Billy Bobs, there are two dance floors open to guests while an artist such as Cody Jinks performs in what is called The Showroom. If audience excitement were to be measured in any visible format, a perfect indicator would include the number of people traveling across the floor into the dancing ring to show off their two-stepping swirls and twirls. The concert included a Merle Haggard cover performed by Jinks himself as well as a sneak peek of “Chase That Song” from his newest album.
As the concertgoers began to wind down, Jinks finished his prepared set list with his number one hit “Loud and Heavy”. Prior to setting off the go ahead to his band to begin playing the bass-heavy tune, Jinks provided a salute to his family, friends, and fans while holding a beer in his hand; raising it to the crowd with every hoot and holler. Finally, the concert finale ended with an encore in which he performed his song Rock and Roll. In a jam-packed sea of big Texas hair, shiny gold show buckles, and polished leather boots, Cody Jinks’ concert set high expectations for future Red Dirt artists to meet at Billy Bob’s Texas. Tune in to Red Dirt Radio on Sundays at 10 am to hear about future shows and ticket giveaways if this review interested you.