Friends take care of each other.
That’s what happened after Cody Jinks fell ill last week while playing SumTur Amphitheater.
Jinks had to call the show short when he was taken to the hospital, also canceling the next evening’s show in Columbia, Missouri.
But his pals, opening acts Ward Davis and Tennessee Jet, decided that the show must go on.
While Jinks went home, they continued on to Columbia and played a free show in Jinks’ stead.
Pretty cool, right?
I’ve always enjoyed how Davis and Jinks are buds. They’re both fond of playing Buck’s Bar & Grill in Venice, Nebraska, and they’ve even become songwriting partners. When the pair has played here, they often joined each other throughout their sets and seemed to have a good time doing it. They even have the same manager.
So the morning after Jinks had to call his show early, Davis decided he’d head to Columbia anyway.
Davis was on his way home to Tennessee when he texted their manager: We’re going through Columbia. Might as well stop and do the show for free.
Davis wrote on Facebook: “I wish he was gonna be there tonight, and I know he wants to be there too, and anybody who knows him, knows he would be if he wasn’t being forced to go home. So while he’s back in Texas with his family, getting better, me and TJ are gonna fill in for him as best we can, and blow it out at the Blue Note tonight.”
Davis said he knew Jinks’ fans. They fly into small towns to see his shows. He figured people would want something to do.
“I figured maybe 100 or 200 people MIGHT show up, but man was I wrong,” he wrote. “Nearly a thousand people crammed in that room and gave me the best reception I think I have ever had in any room ever. And they sang, and they partied, and we had about the best damn time a band could have.”
Davis thanked their fans and said he relayed the message to Jinks, who called Tennessee Jet and Davis “incredible pals.”
“He has the best, most loyal fans on the planet,” Davis said. “Including me and Tennessee Jet. You guys rock and we love you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.”