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The Cox Family Album Debuts #1 on Billboard Bluegrass Chart

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Gone Like the CottonThe GRAMMY®-winning The Cox Family’s long-awaited new album Gone Like the Cotton, 17 years in the making, has debuted on Billboard’s Bluegrass Chart at #1. The album, their first since 1996’s acclaimed Just When We’re Thinking It’s Over, has been exceptionally well received by critics.

Produced by Rounder recording artist Alison Krauss, this record was unearthed in 2015 and brought to completion, bringing a nearly two decade-old project to fruition. Just released 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).

Mark Deming of All Music said “Gone Like the Cotton has emerged sounding fresh, passionate, and thoroughly satisfying, a mixture of country, bluegrass, gospel, blues, and a dash of pop that sounds rootsy but thoroughly up-to-date at the same time.”

The Cox Family 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 Cox Family without a champion. The project was shelved, and The Cox Family were released from their contract.

Fast forward to 2014, a chance conversation about The Cox Family 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.”

“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.’”

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