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The country album, Mercy, reflects the chemistry Jinks has with Thompson and his long-time bandmates. In fact, there was no stress or ramping-up process even though they hadn't seen each other in 14 months before entering the studio to record. "We've been playing together for so long that we just jumped right back in," Jinks says. "It couldn't have been more seamless, and I'm so thankful for that. Everybody was on the same page when we got there; everybody was ready to go. Really, you couldn't tell that it had been 14 months since we had sat down together. It was pretty incredible."
The songs are loose and reflective and demonstrate both the band's interplay and Jinks' eclectic songwriting; Mercy is a mix of forceful twang-rock (the ominous "Hurt You"), bar-band country-blues (the freewheeling "All It Cost Me Was Everything") and classic ballads (the pedal steel-driven "I Don’t Trust My Memories Anymore"). However, Mercy's diverse song writing also reflects an eclectic lineup of collaborators, as Jinks was able to schedule writing sessions with Jim Lauderdale, Brent Cobb, Channing Wilson, Chris Shiflett, Kendell Marvel, Adam Hood, TN Jet, Josh Morningstar, David Matsler, Greg Jones, and Ward Davis, as well as his wife, Rebecca. "Normally, if I'm going to go write with other people, I'd normally fly somewhere, or they'd fly here. But we couldn't do that, so we got very good at doing Zoom call writes."
Jinks says Mercy's songs mirror the uncertainty and emotional roller coaster the world was on last year, with raw emotions on the surface—from the narrator who's at a tough crossroads ("Like a Hurricane"), a protagonist feeling the weight of the world and trying to keep going("Shoulders") and someone consumed by anger and revenge ("Hurt You").
Caned By Nod's None the Wiser takes its cues from arena-caliber classic rock, thrash metal and even psychedelic-tinged grunge, thanks to stinging guitar riffs, hulking low-end grooves, and Jinks' gruff, vocals. The album's lyrics are also darker, and feature protagonists who are disillusioned by people and the world around them, or struggle with self-destructive tendencies and regret over poor life choices. There are no easy answers or happy endings on None the Wiser, just the harsh reality of consequences.
Jinks isn't a metal novice (in the late '90s/early '00s, the Texas native fronted a thrash metal band called Unchecked Aggression) although switching back into a rock-leaning mindset was a challenge. "I was scared of going into to start that record, because that's uncharted territory for me," he admits. "I hadn't recorded like that in over 20 years. I kept asking everybody, 'Does that sound cool? I think this is cool. Is this cool? Does this song translate well?' It was nerve-racking. But it was fun."
None the Wiser includes both new songs and ones that date back to the late '00s, though Jinks co-wrote all of them with guitarist Ben Heffley, his Unchecked Aggression bandmate. "We started playing with each other when we were in high school; we go way back, "Jinks says. "Ben and I have always been able to sit down and write a song, and that's a rarity. So it was just natural thing to collaborate. I mean, I've been making music with that guy for the last almost 25 years." Mercy artwork
Although the songs on None the Wiser span an extended time period, Jinks is proud that the album is cohesive, and the older material fits in seamlessly with newer songs. "It's not a concept record, but it does flow well," he says. "It's a testament to their quality that the songs we did 12, 13 years ago held up with the songs that we were spitting out literally while we were recording. Like I said, Ben and I have always just been able to just grab guitars and go."
Although both None the Wiser and Mercy were recorded at the same place, Sonic Ranch in Texas, they were two separate projects using two different bands and two different studios. About the only crossover happened when his country band helped with backing vocals on a few metal songs. Jinks admits switching back and forth like this could be stressful, though the recording sessions had a grounding force in Edward Spear, who produced, mixed and engineered both albums.
Despite the separation between the albums, Jinks wanted to make sure both None the Wiser and Mercy contained grit. "I don't want it to come out like a slick Nashville record," he said about the latter. "I want it to come out sounding like us, like me. I want it to sound real."
However, both Mercy and None The Wiser reflect Jinks taking great leaps forward in his songwriting, and adding even more perception and nuance to his already-rich character sketches. "The actual art of writing was the only thing I really had to focus on to keep myself sane," he says. "In our world, we're called singer-songwriters. I'm a songwriter-singer. The song comes first. If I'm not writing a great song, then I'm dead in the water. I really, really focused on being a better wordsmith."
Yet, if anything, Jinks sees this exercise in self-improvement as a full-circle moment of sorts. "We all started out as teenagers in our rooms, either beating the hell out of drums or trying to figure out new Metallica lick or whatever," he says. "We went back to that, in a sense where I'm sitting there, I'm 40 years old, and it's like, 'What am I going to do?’ It's like, 'Well, I can go practice my guitar.’ What the hell else am I going to do?
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|TICKET TYPE||TICKET PRICE||FACILITY FEE||PROMOTER CHARGE||SERVICE CHARGE||TOTAL PER TICKET|
|Premium Front Orchestra||$300.00||$4.00||$5.00||$30.00||$339.00|
|Mid Orchestra A||$150.00||$4.00||$3.00||$26.00||$183.00|
|Lower Balcony A||$150.00||$4.00||$3.00||$26.00||$183.00|
|Mid Orchestra B||$100.00||$4.00||$2.50||$18.00||$124.50|
|Lower Balcony B||$100.00||$4.00||$2.50||$18.00||$124.50|
|Mid Orchestra C||$75.00||$4.00||$2.00||$14.00||$95.00|
|Lower Balcony C||$75.00||$4.00||$2.00||$14.00||$95.00|
|Middle Balcony A||$75.00||$4.00||$2.00||$14.00||$95.00|
|Middle Balcony B||$45.00||$4.00||$1.50||$9.00||$59.50|
|Middle Balcony C||$35.00||$4.00||$1.50||$7.00||$47.50|
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