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Bluegrass and honky tonk mix a winner

August 29, 2014

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Kristy Cox tells how

chance meeting led to

recording contract


BLUEGRASS sweetheart Kristy Cox and honky tonk new traditionalist Travis List are back in Australia singing their hearts out for audiences across the country but you must be quick.

Bluegrass singer/songwriter Kristy Cox

Bluegrass singer/songwriter Kristy Cox

In an interview with On with the Show’s Shirley Broun this morning Kristy said their `Coming Home Tour’ was due to finish at the end of September.

Their home town of Adelaide saw over 600 people attend their concert which also featured up-and-coming country trio Georgia Fall. “It was the first show I have done there in five years and it was great,” said the 29-year-old singer. “And people seem to be really loving the contrast between my bluegrass and Travis’s honky tonk music.

Chance meeting leads to recording deal

The past 12 months have seen Kristy elevated to an exciting new level of performance and notoriety and all because of a chance meeting with a guy in a Nashville bar. “I gave my CD to this guy who was interested in my music. Then a few days later I got a call to say he was interested in signing me to his label. It was so surreal … like something out of a movie … I had no idea he was from a recording label.”

Kristy, who spends much of her time these days in Nashville, was subsequently signed to the US bluegrass label Pisgah Ridge (an imprint of Mountain Home) and released her latest album `Living For the Moment’ in February this year. “As part of the deal I have to release two albums within 14 months so I’ll be heading back into the Nashville studio in March next year. It is so exciting,” said the talented singer/songwriter.

While Kristy is making an impressive name for herself on the Bluegrass scene, few realise she didn’t realise her love for the genre straight away. “I grew up listening to more traditional country music and started out in the country pop scene. Then I stumbled across Australian bluegrass band The Davidson Brothers and I was hooked. I haven’t looked back since.”

And where would Kristy like to be in 10 years’ time?: “Doing what I am doing today – writing, recording and performing – but on a larger scale. The sky is the limit.”

Next stop the International Bluegrass Awards

After the current tour in Australia, Kristy will head to the International Bluegrass Awards in North Carolina before returning home for a well-earning six week break with family and friends.

“I can’t miss the Tamworth Country Music Awards in January either. I’ve been attending them since I was 10 years old and 2015 will see the birth of a new category close to my heart `Bluegrass Recording of the Year’. Can’t wait,” the charming vocalist from Down Under said excitedly.

You can catch Kristy and Travis in concert at The Abbey in Canberra on September 13 and Rooty Hill RSL in Rooty Hill on September 19.


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