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Cox Family Reunites with Alison Krauss for Album 17 Years in the Making

CyberGrass.com - Internet Blue Grass News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 12:00am

Gone Like The CottonNashville, TN -- The Cox Family is proud to announce the release of Gone Like The Cotton, a remarkable album that has been 17 years in the making, on October 23, 2015. The album’s release also marks a reunion with their original label, Rounder Records. Alison Krauss brought The Cox Family to the attention of Rounder Records in the late 1980s, where they released a string of critically acclaimed and commercially successful projects for the label, including 1994’s Grammy-winning I Know Who Holds Tomorrow (a collaboration with Krauss).

The Coxes signed with Asylum Records and released Just When We Were Thinking It’s Over, their major label debut album, in 1996. Recording sessions for Gone Like The Cotton began in 1998, but shortly thereafter, label executive changes at Asylum left the Coxes without a champion. The project was shelved, and the Coxes were released from their contract.

Fast forward to 2014, a chance conversation about The Coxes with former Asylum label President Kyle Lehning and John Esposito, President & CEO of Warner Music Nashville (home to the Asylum catalog), led to the resurrection of the album. Original album producer Alison Krauss and original album engineer Gary Paczosa jumped at the opportunity to continue the sessions, 17 years after they initially began.

Producer Alison Krauss reflects, “I can't remember when I've been lucky enough to be witness to a story where such generosity and talent come together so perfectly. I've had the time of my life getting to work on the record again. The Cox Family hold a place in my heart like no other and listening to them for all of us is like coming home.”

“We couldn’t be more proud or thrilled to welcome the Cox Family back to Rounder,” said Rounder Label Group President John Virant. “This album exemplifies the term ‘labor of love,’ and though it took 17 years, and the efforts of many people to see this album through to completion, it was well worth the wait. We’re so grateful to everyone who played a part in reviving this magnificent album, especially Alison Krauss and Gary Paczosa, who have tirelessly championed the Cox Family’s music for as long as I can remember.”

“Fate and chance met in a conversation with Kyle( Lehning) where I learned of this hidden gem of an album from this amazing family band," said Esposito. "When we engaged with Alison and the Cox Family, we all got excited and knew we had to complete this album. Music and artistry are the cornerstones of Warner Music Nashville. Art is timeless and we are thrilled to be a part of bringing this special album to the world 17 years later."

“Seventeen years ago, we walked out of a little studio in Nashville after completing a good bit of the lead vocals for what we thought to be a true exemplar of the kind of music that represented our sound. Seventeen years later, we walk back through that same door,” said group member Sidney Cox. “There’s Alison, sitting in the same spot beside Gary Paczosa, right where we left him, just like nothing had ever happened. I remember Gary spinning around in his chair and saying, ‘Where have you guys been? We’ve been waiting for you.’”

In the intervening years, the Coxes experienced both triumphs and tragedies: they contributed a song, “I Am Weary, Let Me Rest” to the surprise smash-hit soundtrack for O Brother, Where Art Thou? and made a brief appearance in the film. The soundtrack album eventually sold over 8 million copies, and won five Grammy Awards, including the coveted Album of the Year Grammy. Shortly after the Cox Family finished work on O Brother, the elder Coxes, Willard and Marie, were critically injured in an automobile accident. Family matriarch Marie recovered completely from her injuries a few months later, but bandleader & fiddler Willard permanently lost the use of his legs. The group eventually resumed touring, but their recording career was indefinitely placed on hold – until now.

Gone Like The Cotton is a stunning work, of which Rolling Stone’s Stephen Betts writes “Like the Cox Family's previous efforts, Gone Like The Cotton is built on a solid country-music foundation with sensational harmony singing and inspired song selection… the Coxes haven't missed a beat, a tasty instrumental lick, or a sterling vocal performance in spite of the nearly two decades between the album's late 20th century start and glorious 2015 finish.”

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Tim White CD Release Party at ACMA Pickin Porch Aug 3rd

CyberGrass.com - Internet Blue Grass News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 12:00am

King of the Left-Hand LaneBristol, TN/VA -- The ACMA Pickin Porch will be the site of a CD release party on Monday, August 3rd. Tim White invites everyone to attend his release of the Heartland Recording Label's King of the Left-Hand Lane CD. The recording was produced in Bristol, TN at Ray Dearstone's Heartland Recording Studios and includes Tim's original song which is the title cut "King of the Left-Hand Lane". There are eighteen cuts in all on the project which includes several bluegrass standards as well as four Tim White originals.

Joining Tim on August 3rd will be his good friend David Browning as the "Mayberry Deputy". Also on the Pickin Porch Stage will be Glen Harlow on mandolin, Kevin Jackson on fiddle, Teddy Helton on bass, Mack Puckett on guitar, Ray Dearstone on mandolin and Gary Wayne Laws on bass.

The recording also includes some humorous stories told by Tim at some of his live shows. Music and comedy are both on this CD. As a humorist, story teller, banjo picker, guitar player and singer Tim has spent his entire adult life entertaining. Tim has been broadcasting his nationally syndicated “The Tim White Bluegrass Show” on radio for over a decade as well as broadcasting a local program over the years in the Tri-Cities region of Bristol, TN/VA. For information on the CD visit www.heartlandrecordings.com.

The CD release party on August 3rd is at the Foundation Event Facility at 620 State Street, Bristol, Tennessee. Admission is free and there will be refreshments served. The ACMA Pickin Porch is presented each week at this location from 7 til 9 pm. For info call 423-323-7829. The ACMA is a non-profit organization.

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Drake, Ja Rule & Rest of the Internet Reacts to Meek Mill's 'Wanna Know' Diss Track

Billboard.com - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 11:57pm
It was an eventful night for rap tonight, Thursday, July 30. Right when it seemed like Hot 97's Funkmaster Flex (again) didn't have Meek Mill's diss...
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Meek Mill Drops His Own Drake Diss Track, 'Wanna Know': Listen Now

Billboard.com - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 11:46pm
The Meek Mill versus Drake row has more beef than an abattoir. And it’s just got meatier with Mill dropping his own diss song against the Canadian...
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Demi Lovato's 'Dusk Till Dawn' Character Was Written For Her

Billboard.com - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 10:47pm
Robert Rodriguez had been waiting for a chance to work with Demi Lovato since she auditioned for his 2003 movie Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over. The El Rey...
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Blur's Graham Coxon on Kanye West: 'He's a F---ing Idiot, Isn't He?'

Billboard.com - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 9:58pm
Blur may have recently recorded its reunion album The Magic Whip in five days, but that doesn't mean guitarist Graham Coxon likes the immediacy of...
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Chrissy Teigen Teases John Legend Balancing Chicken Wings on Her Butt: Watch

Billboard.com - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 9:30pm
Even when married, Chrissy Teigen is playing the tease.  The model posted a video to her Instagram account showing her with husband John Legend...
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Kurt Cobain's Family Wants Death-Scene Photos Kept Sealed

Billboard.com - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 9:03pm
Kurt Cobain's widow and daughter are urging a Seattle judge not to release death-scene photos and records that a lawsuit claims will prove the...
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Tyga & Kylie Jenner Are Not Getting Married, At Least Not 'Anytime Soon'

Billboard.com - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 8:44pm
Kylie Jenner put and end to rumors she and her 25-year-old boyfriend Tyga were getting married Thursday, posting to Twitter she's "not planning on...
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Foo Fighters' 'Learn to Fly': Watch 1,000 Italians Perform It Live

Billboard.com - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 8:04pm
Dave Grohl may have a bum leg right now but that hasn't stopped the Foo Fighters from touring and now 1,000 Italians are campaigning pretty...
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Azealia Banks Says Tour With K. Michelle is Canceled

Billboard.com - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 7:12pm
After Azealia Banks and K. Michelle announced a joint tour earlier this month, Banks now says the monthlong trek is off.  Azealia Banks Blasts...
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'Rolling Stone' Film Critic Peter Travers Fighting for His Job

Billboard.com - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 7:00pm
A tumultuous restructuring at Rolling Stone could lead to the exit or diminished status of a name-brand writer. Veteran film critic Peter...
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Teen Choice Awards 2015: More Nominees; Ludacris, Gina Rodriguez & Josh Peck Hosting

Billboard.com - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 6:41pm
Ludacris, Gina Rodriguez and Josh Peck will host this year's Teen Choice Awards, to was announced Thursday. As well, the third wave of nominees were...
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Steel Guitar Pioneer Buddy Emmons Dies At 78

MusicRow.com - Nashville Music Industry - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 5:55pm
Steel guitar pioneer Buddy Emmons died Wednesday, July 29 at the age of 78. Emmons played [...]
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Questlove Recalls Being 'Held at Gunpoint' By Police as a Teen While Listening to U2

Billboard.com - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 5:51pm
Performing with U2 at New York City's Madison Square Garden last week was not just a gig for The Roots drummer Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson. Jimmy...
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[Video] ‘Duck Dynasty’ Star Reed Robertson Recalls First Performance at Ryman

MusicRow.com - Nashville Music Industry - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 5:31pm
Although the Robertson name may be known best for A&E's Duck Dynasty, Jase and Missy's son [...]
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Amy Schumer Poses as Madonna Circa 'Truth or Dare' for Incredible 'Empire' Photos

Billboard.com - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 5:23pm
The Amy Schumer-Madonna lovefest continues. First, the Queen of Pop tapped the Trainwreck writer/star to open her three New York-area shows ...
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CMHoF To License Historical Photos With Getty

MusicRow.com - Nashville Music Industry - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 5:16pm
In an effort to raise money for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's ongoing digi [...]
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Billboard Latin Power Players: These Execs Are Also Musicians

Billboard.com - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 5:09pm
Among the 29 executives included in Billboard's Latin Power Players list, it turns out a good number of them are musicians too. Read on to learn how...
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iHeartRadio Annouces Shelton, Chesney For Fifth Music Festival

MusicRow.com - Nashville Music Industry - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 5:05pm
Kenny Chesney and Blake Shelton are the headlining country acts hitting the stage at the [...]
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