Coun­try Corner

Owner Driver - - Road Sounds -

BRAD COX Brad Cox

Tam­worth Mu­sic Works www.brad­cox­of­fi­cial.com

Big-voiced

Brad Cox had the honour of win­ning the 2018 Toy­ota Star Maker com­pe­ti­tion at Tam­worth in Jan­uary. Part of the prize was record­ing ses­sions where Cox linked up with award-win­ning pro­ducer Matt Fell for this self-ti­tled de­but al­bum. Cox tucked him­self in a cabin on the NSW north coast to pen the poignant ‘Drink­ing Pi­o­neer’ as well as the thought-pro­vok­ing bal­lad ‘Re­flec­tions’, the lat­ter fea­tur­ing singer-song­writer Imo­gen Clark on har­mony vo­cals. Cox gets be­hind the wheel on ‘Red Light’, a coun­try-rock track about love and “hit­ting every red light”, and Fell adds key­boards to an­other driv­ing track, ‘Found My Way Home’. Hunter Beasley brings banjo to the blue­grass-rock sound of ‘Towels’, ar­guably the al­bum’s best. A classy firstup ef­fort.

PORT SAINT JOE Brothers Os­borne

EMI/Univer­sal www.broth­er­sos­borne.com

US coun­try duo Brothers Os­borne hit gold with their de­but al­bum Pawn Shop in 2016. The two brothers co-wrote 10 new tracks for the fol­low-up Port Saint Joe, in­clud­ing the ra­dio sin­gle ‘Shoot Me Straight’, a hard coun­try rocker con­tain­ing an ex­tended in­stru­men­tal end­ing and John Os­borne’s in­spired gui­tar play­ing. The duo refers to vices and he­roes (read: Wil­lie Nel­son) on the slower ‘Weed, Whiskey and Wil­lie’. There are fur­ther bad habits on the bar room song ‘Te­quila Again’, and the brothers sing about love, life and grow­ing old on ‘Push­ing Up Daisies (Love Alive)’. They es­cape the rat race on ‘Slow Your Roll’, and try to em­u­late the antics of the late Hank Wil­liams and Ge­orge Jones on ‘Drank Like Hank’.

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