Last week I talked about the independent country songs that have been certified gold over the last few years. And things aren’t slowing down: since I published that post a week ago, I learned that Keep the Wolves Away by Uncle Lucius has been certified gold. (If hits on a blog post are any guide, I shouldn’t have been surprised.) Even more impressive than the songs certified gold, independent country artists are getting songs certified platinum. Leading the way are Tyler Childers and Cody Jinks. (S.O.B. by Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats was also certified platinum, but I already featured it here and it is really country-adjacent.)
The writing that opens Feathered Indians is simply exquisite.
Well my buckle makes impressions
On the inside of her thigh
There are little feathered Indians
Where we tussled through the night
If I’d known she was religious
Then I wouldn’t have came stoned
To the house of such an angel
Too fucked up to get back home
Cody Jinks comes in with a very different sound than Childers. Jinks absolutely has some killer writing chops, but Loud and Heavy is, to me, the definitive sonic expression of a new generation’s take on outlaw country (Jinks is in good company, most sharing Jinks’ 1970s working class stylings).
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