Cody Jinks

Cody Jinks

The Steel Woods, Paul Cauthen

Sun, July 15, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Manchester Music Hall

Lexington, KY


This event is 18 and over

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Cody Jinks
Cody Jinks
Conceived in a honky tonk long, long ago, Cody now makes his living in them. Accompanied by the Tonedeaf Hippies, he rolls across the land and the oceans onto other lands to sow a collective musical seed. Not like the brazen giant of "Texas/Red Dirt" fame, he is a fair-sized man with a Zippo whose flame longs to be ignited by the sound of real music.
"Keep that which is plastic, and the posers that compose for money. Give us your listeners, your dreamers, your huddled drunken masses longing to break free of the feces on our radios. Send these: the hippies and the cowboys, and we will flick our bics through those swinging doors."
The Steel Woods
The Steel Woods
Like their name, The Steel Woods are a hybrid musical force, part hard-edged, part Americana roots country folk, man-made, yet organic, rock but also bluegrass, R&B, blues, gospel, soul and heavy metal, “the materials which America is built on” according to co-founder Wes Bayliss. The Nashville-based band is also steeped in the ethos of Southern rock, with the music on its debut Woods Music/Thirty Tigers release, Straw in the Wind, both timeless and indefinable, sounding like it could’ve been recorded at any point during the past half-century. “That’s kinda the idea,” nods Bayliss.
The Steel Woods trace an unbroken line from Jimmie Rodgers and Hank Williams through Willie and Waylon, then the Allmans, Blackfoot, The Band and Tom Petty up through contemporaries like Kings of Leon and the Avett Brothers.
“I grew up on Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Led Zeppelin,” says Jason “Rowdy” Cope, who was born in Asheville, NC, in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains, where he heard some pretty impressive pickers, which inspired him as a kid. “Our music is like good bluegrass, with the electric guitars turned up to 11,” he says.
There is a biblical, hellfire-and-brimstone morality at work on songs like the good-and- evil parable, “Axe”, the first song they ever wrote together -- which takes off on co- founder Rowdy’s ominous, rumbling bluegrass guitar line -- or the galloping country rhythms of “Della Jane’s Heart”, a murder ballad about a spurned woman taking her revenge on a fickle lover, and immediately regrets her actions. “The Secret” goes back to the Garden and Adam’s original heartbreak, equating the duplicitous Eve with the Devil himself. The musical melting pot ranges from the stark acoustic strumming of “Whatever It Means to You” and the thunderstruck drone of their speeded-up Black Sabbath cover, “Hole in the Sky”.
The band’s founders are two native sons of the south who both hail from small-town, Bible Belt backgrounds. The Alabama-born Bayliss played harmonica from the age of eight in his family’s gospel band, eventually teaching himself piano, bass and drums. Rowdy turned his love of Jimmy Page and Jimi Hendrix into a career as a session guitarist/songwriter and producer, moving to Los Angeles then playing in Jamey Johnson’s band for nine years. The two met in Nashville during a one-off gig, and immediately felt a connection. “We decided we were pretty much on the same page and wanted to do our own thing,” says Wes. “We had an idea and a vision.”
The pair spent a month fishing together, eventually bringing guitars along with their poles to the tiny hole and discovered an affinity. It was then they began to make music together. “It just worked, his voice and me doing my thing on guitar,” says Rowdy.
The result was an EP, which, because they hadn’t written anything together except for “Axe”, included covers by hot Nashville writers like Rowdy’s frequent collaborator singer/songwriter Brent Cobb (“Better in the Fall,” “The Well,” “If We Never Go”, “Let the Rain Come Down”) and revered artist Darrell Scott (“Uncle Lloyd”).
With originals such as the acoustic ballad, “I’m Gonna Love You”, the narrative title track, the philosophical “Whatever It Means to You” and the cathartic closer, “Let the Rain Come Down”, the songwriting/production team of Bayliss and Cope is proving quite a formidable duo. The two, who co-produced their debut album, are committed to doing things their way.
“We’re not murderers, we’re just the messengers,” says Bayliss about some of the songs’ more gruesome scenarios. “We don’t preach. We just want to play good songs with good stories. As long as they come back to hear us again, I’m happy.”
“We’re into this to heal people’s hearts,” explains Rowdy. “If you’re given a talent that can shake plates in the earth, that can really change the world, you have a responsibility to use that for good. Music is the most powerful, emotion-driven art form in the universe because it transcends language. It’s like a sharp blade. It can be used to kill, or in the hands of a surgeon, to heal someone.”
The Steel Woods aren’t in this for the money, the fame or the awards. For them, music is a matter of life and death, right and wrong, bad and good, with the sinners punished for their transgressions, and the noble achieving the kind of transcendence the man dying of thirst in “Let the Rain Come Down” receives.
“Everything has its price,” says Rowdy. “You reap what you sow...We’ve poured so much into this band. I know how little sleep we’ve had, how many bad meals we’ve eaten. I just hope these songs can help people get things off their chest.”
“We want to get good songs out to a bunch of people who need them,” adds Wes. “We just want to make a living making music because it’s the greatest job in the world. I don’t mind working, but I prefer loving what I do.”
Paul Cauthen
Paul Cauthen
Emerging from deep in the pines of East Texas, the barreling resonance of Paul Cauthen's voice is sureto find its way into your soul. Paul's distinct sound is a mixture of his namesake and late grandfather,Jim Paul, and his grandmother, who each shaped Paul's foundation. In childhood, Paul was exposed tothe sounds of gospel music and introduced to his grandfather's contemporaries: Johnny Cash, Elvis,Buddy Holly & the Crickets along with their collaborator and Jim Paul's friend Sonny Curtis. Paul beganto pour their influences into the music he was beginning to make at a very early age. His grandmothertaught him to play piano on the old upright that has been in her family since before Paul was born;moreover, Paul's grandmother is the reminder of all Paul strives to be: a soulful spirit, carrying hisgrandfather's torch and creating music to spark your internal fire and leave a smooth aftertaste.Like many of the musicians he aspired to be like, Paul's road to the stage did not come without itsproblems. As a young man in Texas, Paul found himself in and out of trouble with the law. Settling inColorado after straightening himself out, he found himself experimented with bluegrass and local jambands, but his home state kept calling to him. It was after his move back to Texas, Paul co-founded aband called Sons of Fathers, who quickly found success, playing the Ryman Auditorium, Grand OleOpry, ACL Music Festival, and Bonnaroo among many other shows around the country. For Paul, theRyman Auditorium was the most important; it was where the legends he had admired since childhoodcut their teeth. In 2014, Sons of Fathers parted ways and Paul began to blaze his own path.In the summer of 2015, after spending the previous year writing extensively with songwriters throughoutthe country, Paul contacted producer Beau Bedford. Immediately after their first meeting, recordingdates were set. Given Paul's story and hunger for American music, Beau decided to record Paul inMuscle Shoals, Alabama at legendary studio, FAME. In the same rooms that heard Aretha Franklin, EttaJames, Wilson Pickett and Duane Allman make their first hit recordings. During the FAME sessions,Paul was joined by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame musician and swamper, Spooner Oldham. From MuscleShoals, the recordings went back to Texas to Beau's studio, Modern Electric Sound Recorders, wheremembers of the Texas Gentlemen (Leon Bridges / Jonathan Tyler) contributed to the album. The songsrecorded for Paul's solo album debut, which includes a co-write with Texas songwriter Hayes Carl and aguest appearance by Gus Seyffert (of Beck and the Black Keys), are an offering of everything thatdefines Paul -- Country, Soul and Gospel. A combination that can only be described as uniquelyAmerican, and completely Paul Cauthen. Paul is committed to carrying the torch of his Americanpredecessors, and do it the only way Paul knows how: to simply say it like it is.
Venue Information:
Manchester Music Hall
899 Manchester St
Lexington, KY, 40508
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