Much of this success is due to Jinks' songwriting, which is refreshingly raw and honest about life's
ecstatic ups and agonizing downs. And so, in early 2020, when faced with being off the road for an
indefinite period due to the pandemic, Jinks decided to hunker down, stay busy and work on his craft.
"My wife and I were sitting on the front porch and I said, 'You know what I'm going to do with this time?
I'm going to become a better songwriter. I don't know how long the lockdown is going to be, but I need to
reach out to songwriters I haven't written with before and pick their brains. I need to get better at my craft.
I need to learn from some other people.'"
Jinks ended up connecting with old friends, frequent collaborators and even some of his heroes for virtual
writing sessions. The result was a productive time: In May 2021, he simultaneously recorded two full-
length albums in two different styles: a solo country record, Mercy—written entirely during the
pandemic—and a metal record, None The Wiser, under the band name Caned By Nod.
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