Australian vocalist and guitarist, Kristy Cox has hit her stride as a bluegrass singer to be reckoned with on both sides of the Pacific with her second album for Pisgah Ridge. Award-winning songwriter Jerry Salley produced the project, and he and daughter Maggie Salley provide vocal harmonies. Steve Sutton, Jason Roller, Justin Moses, Mike Bub, and Stephen Mougin provide excellent instrumental back-up from these seasoned musicians.
“Another Weary Mile,” written by Michael Rogers, Josh Trivett, and Jason Barie, is a road song about the end of a long career on the road as the narrator is headed home for the last time. Kristy and Jerry collaborated with Allan Caswell on “You Walked In,” a sweet surprised-by-love song. “Baby, You Ain’t Baby Anymore” is a leaving song, which lists all the sweet names for her ex that the singer can’t really bring herself to call him anymore. “William Henry Johnson” is a killin’ song, and the girl isn’t the victim this time, for a change. Fans will recognize the hard-hitting, bluesy “Little White Whiskey Lies,” from the pen of Tammy Rogers (SteelDrivers) and Salley. “The Part of Me (That’s Still In Love With You”) by Pam Tillis and Salley has a beautiful, contemplative melody with vocal intervals that Cox nails perfectly. “Daddy Doesn’t Pray Anymore” is a heartbreaking ballad by Chris Stapleton, with an unexpected twist in the last verse. The stripped-down guitar and fiddle back-up is perfect for telling the story.
“I’m No Stranger To This Lonesome Road” (Cox/Salley) is a fast-paced song that ends with a G run. And “Your Train Don’t Stop Here Anymore,” co-written by Salley and Dani Flowers, is another fast song about leaving. The set ends with “That’s Where The Faith Comes In,” co-written by Salley and Sally Burris. The counter-harmony vocal arrangement at the end is particularly effective, and the overall mood is hopeful.
Congrats to Kristy Cox on a stellar album. Take this one on your next bluegrass road trip. (Mountain Home Music Company, P.O. Box 829, Arden, NC 28704, www.mountainhomemusiccompany.com.)NC