Cody Jinks

Cody Jinks performs at SumTur Amphitheater on Friday.


UPDATE: Cody Jinks said he had to cut his Omaha performance short because of a “severe onset of vertigo,” he wrote in a Facebook post.

Jinks thanked his fans for their prayers, and apologized again. Jinks also canceled his Saturday concert in Columbia, Missouri.

Jinks has about two weeks off until his next tour date in Texas.

“Playing music is my life and I’ll be back out sooner than later,” he wrote.

Read Jinks’ full statement below:

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Cody Jinks played until he couldn’t play anymore.

The country singer performed for more than an hour Friday night until he had to be taken to the hospital.

Midway through his shortened set at SumTur Amphitheater, Jinks told the crowd that he was dizzy, but promised that he would keep playing even if he had to do so while seated.

After four more songs, Jinks said he couldn’t keep going. He apologized profusely to the packed house before he was helped offstage by a pair of crew members.

“Hey guys, they’re gonna take me to the hospital,” he said. “I’ve been doing this for 20 years, and this has never happened. I’m not drunk or anything. I’m gonna make this up to you. I’m sorry.”

A few minutes later, Jinks left the venue in the back of an ambulance, his fans cheering him the whole time.

Before Jinks fell ill, it was a beautiful night full of country songs about heartbreak, cigarettes, burning bridges, wore out cowboys, bad decisions, restless souls, longing love, deep loss, Jack Daniels and his old pal, Jim Beam.

It was the good stuff.

Both Jinks and opener Ward Davis played sets filled with new songs.

A friend and writing partner of Jinks, Davis played “The Sound of Chains,” a song from his upcoming album about waking up in prison, as well as “Old Wore Out Cowboys,” a song that dreams about the perfect old bar full of straight pool cues, cold beer and Hank Williams on the jukebox. (Jinks joined Davis to sing the final verse.)

Davis’ best came in the new tune “Book of Matches and a Bottle of Wine,” a song about a bonfire, burning old memories and drinking while you do it. Lines such as “I’m destroying all proof you ever were mine” and “I’m killing your memory with my partners in crime” hit you right in the heart.

Jinks followed with his own set full of tunes from next month’s album, “Lifers.”

A longtime concert favorite, “Must Be the Whiskey,” kicked off the show and will be on the record, but Jinks also played “Somewhere Between I Love You and I’m Leavin’,” a heart-wrencher with lines like “It scares me so when I look hard and I find no good reasons.”

Fans were on their feet, stomping their boots and singing the words to their favorite song as Jinks and his five-piece band cranked through the set.

Jinks is one of the best country singers around, and his upcoming album is good. Really good. (I’ve heard it.)

Couple it with his voice, which is like whiskey and velvet, and the power of his words, and he’s unstoppable.

Take his set-closer, “Somewhere In the Middle.” Despite feeling like he was about to collapse, Jinks powered through the song, a restless strummer that tells Jinks’ life story and is full of wisdom.

I guess that’s what happens when you couple an old man’s heart and a restless soul with a young man’s brain.

Reporter - Entertainment/music/concert

Kevin Coffey covers music, whether it's pop, indie or punk, through artist interviews, reviews and trend stories. He also occasionally cover other entertainment. Follow him on Twitter @owhmusicguy. Phone: 402-444-1557.

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