Cody Blackwell

MUSICIAN

Cody Blackwell grew up in Simpsonville, South Carolina, where he became an avid music lover. His parents, Benny and Sherry Blackwell grew up in the 60s and 70s, exposing Cody to Classic Rock regularly.  Legendary acts like KISS, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, ZZ Top, Journey, Black Sabbath/Ozzy Osbourne, and many others were constantly playing in the house and car.  KISS was the biggest inspiration and catalyst for his pursuit of being a guitarist.  He wanted to be Ace Frehley From Kiss.  At 11 years old, he found an electric guitar that belonged to his father at his Grandfather’s house, and the magic began.  Later he would find out that although his father didn’t pursue guitar, he sang in a cover band in high school.  Cody began taking guitar lessons between the ages of 11-13 and finally turned to Guitar World magazine to learn independently.  While playing and singing simultaneously was too difficult, he would always sing to his favorite albums but never thought of pursuing being a vocalist.

From 2005-2007 He played in a few bands with friends with various styles, but they were all rooted in hard rock.  After a short stint in Savannah, Georgia, he returned home to Fountain Inn and began jamming with his old friends and ultimately joined and played bass for Dables—a 3-piece version of his friend David Walker’s solo recording project. Once the band was formed, they focused on a sound David dubbed psychedelic grunge.  They played shows regularly from 2011-2015 and recorded an LP, Dables (2012), and a split EP with their friends Masonjar Menagerie (Appalachian Blues Rock) and Deeproots For Sale (2013).  The band became less active over time but still managed to play sporadic shows and record/release 2 LPs.  The first was Intergalactic Death Farm in 2019, then 108 years in 2021.  Today, although he continues working collaboratively with others on musical projects, Cody is focused on his solo acoustic career.