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REVIEW: The Cox Family, “Gone Like the Cotton”

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The Louisiana-based musical bluegrass family returns with another Alison Krauss–produced gem.

by David McCarty
October 27, 2015

Percolating up from the gumbo soul of Southern music, the Cox Family roared out of Louisiana 17 years ago with a string of critically acclaimed and Grammy Award–winning records overseen by bluegrass master talent Alison Krauss. Record label politics and other issues kept them out of the public ear as they entered the new millennium, but now they’re back with a 12-song recording once again produced by Krauss.

CoxFamilyCDCover.jpgJoined by a true Who’s Who of Nashville talent, including Sam Bush, Ron Block, Dan Tyminski, Andrea Zonn, Viktor and Alison Krauss, and more, the tunes here range from the bluesy, bayou-greasy “Good Imitation of the Blues” to the Western swing–tinged “Cash On the Barrelhead” and “Honky Tonk Blues.” “Too Far Gone,” a Cox family original, deftly recalls the power and Appalachian purity of Dolly Parton’s early recordings.

Other tunes like “I’ll Get Over You” showcase a classic Nashville sound á la Ray Price. And the album-closing title tune, another Cox original, could easily become a bluegrass jam-session standard. Taken together, the CD samples a range of musical styles like a Sunday pitch-in dinner table down in the deep bayou, filled with smoldering, dark sonic flavors and earthy musical spices. Despite the 17-year gap since their last recording, the Cox Family has re-emerged like the Gulf Coast after Katrina, stronger and filled with a rich musical boiling pot of sweet country soul blending an entire family’s musical gifts into a classic recipe. Bon appetit (rounder.com)

Song List: “Good Imitation of the Blues”; “Lost Without Your Love”; “Cash On the Barrelhead”; “Desire”; “In My Eyes”; “Good News”; “Let It Roll;” “I’m Not So Far Away”; “Honky Tonk Blues”; “Too Far Gone”; “I’ll Get Over You”; “Gone Like the Cotton”


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