What: Cody Jinks, with Red Shahan

When: 7 p.m. Saturday

Where: Midtown Ballroom, 51 NW Greenwood Ave., Bend

Cost: Sold out

Contact: midtownballroom.com or 541-408-4329

There are Texas country artists, and then there’s Red Shahan.

The gritty singer-songwriter was born and raised in the state and cut his musical teeth in Lubbock, the scene that gave rise to artists such as Buddy Holly, Joe Ely, Mac Davis, Delbert McClinton, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and others. His 2015 debut album “Men and Coyotes” showed those roots in its combination of Lone Star storytelling and psychedelic guitar textures, and its follow-up “Culberson County,” released in March, plays like a near-concept album about its namesake location. The album is Shahan’s first for Thirty Tigers.

With label and management support, Shahan is pushing into new geographic territory. He is supporting fellow Texas outlaw country songwriter Cody Jinks on the road (with a few solo shows scattered in the schedule), and the two artists will debut in Bend at a sold-out Midtown Ballroom show on Saturday.

“I love Texas; we all love playing in Texas,” Shahan said. “But what we set out to do is to send our music as far and as wide as we possibly could. Anytime that we get to go out and meet new people and see new things and do new stuff, I feel like it’s an accomplishment on top of our careers and what we set out to do.”

The show is the second sold-out country offering at Midtown in two weeks, following last weekend’s Granger Smith and Earl Dibbles concert.

Interest in the genre seems poised to continue this year: Bend Radio Group and KSJJ 102.9-FM have announced three country shows so far for their summer season at Oregon Spirit Distillers, including High Valley on June 16, Whiskey Myers and William Clark Green on July 21 and Clay Walker on Sept. 11. And this week Midtown announced country/hip-hop crossover artist Colt Ford will perform at the venue Nov. 2, with tickets going on sale Friday at Ranch Records and eventbrite.com.

“You don’t see the shows happening other than the fair,” said Ian Egan, marketing director for Midtown Events. “I don’t know if you want to say (it is) an untouched market or a niche, but it needed to happen. They’re musicians too; everybody needs to come through obviously and play. We need to get Central Oregon on the map there for country, because it’s a no-brainer.”

Jinks and Shahan also seem like natural fits for Central Oregon, which has recently hosted such outlaw country artists as Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real and Shooter Jennings. And since releasing “Culberson County,” Shahan has noticed these very Texas-sounding songs resonating with fans around the world.

“It’s cool to see people from Australia, the U.K., Canada, even down into Mexico saying, ‘Hey, we’re listening from here; hey, we dig the tunes (and we’re) from Germany’ or wherever,” Shahan said. “And of course here in the United States, it seems to have a very popular Western movement — Midwest to the West Coast up around the Southeastern United States, it does really well.”

“Culberson County” goes to some dark places in its 12 songs, examining methamphetamine culture (“Enemy”), politics (“Revolution”) and life as a working-class musician on the road (“Waterbill”). The album, once again produced by Elijah Ford, also features Shahan’s first co-write, “Someone Someday,” with Brent Cobb and Aaron Raitiere, which necessitated a trip to Nashville.

“I was pretty stubborn. I went with an open mind, and there’s always that lingering facade that Nashville has,” Shahan said. “But while I was out there, I met a lot of really great people, and I was fortunate enough to be able to write with Brent and Aaron, and those guys are very like-minded people. It’s really tough for me to sit down with somebody that I don’t view as a peer. It’s tough to do because for me, I’m not writing for an objective. I’m not trying to accomplish something bigger than what I am trying to do. When it comes to a co-write, I want something to come out of it for me or the writer.”

The ballad “Memphis” features guest vocals from Shahan’s mother, Kim Smith, who helps bring the music full circle: She gave Shahan his first guitar and taught him his first chords when he was 9.

“She taught me G-C-D on the guitar, and said, ‘If you want to learn, you’re gonna have to figure it out on your own,” Shahan said. “… I think she knew at that time that anything that was forced upon me was just gonna go in one ear, out the other.”

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