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The Cox Family

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The Cox Family is a North American Bluegrass family group from Cotton Valley, Louisiana, USA.

The singing group comprises father Willard, son Sidney, and daughters Evelyn and Suzanne. Their distinctive sound derives from a combination of Country, bluegrass, and gospel styles. The Cox family was joined for a short time in the early 1990s by Greg Underwood on the bass, during the absence of third daughter Lynn.

The Cox Family first began performing regularly together at fairs and festivals in 1976, though an earlier performance can be heard in the 1974 version of Broken Engagement which appears on Beyond the City (1995). Their career was given a big boost when in the early ’90s they met Alison Krauss, who brought them to the attention of Rounder Records. They also gained massive exposure when in 1994 they caught the ear of Adam Duritz, frontman of the multi-platinum-selling Counting Crows, who was so impressed with the Cox Family that he invited them to open for the band during its North American tour. Krauss, who has produced all but the family’s very first release Quiet Storm on Wilcox Records, recorded several of Sidney’s songs, which appeared on both of her Grammy Award-winning albums, including the title track of I’ve Got That Old Feeling.

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