BRAD COX Brad Cox
Tamworth Music Works www.bradcoxofficial.com
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
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’.