THE COCKMAN FAMILY
LETTER FROM HOME
Since forming in 1988, this North Carolina family unit has recorded multiple projects that feature a gospel approach to their original tunes and covers of older lesser-known tunes. The Cockman Family is led by father John Cockman (guitar) with siblings Caroline Cockman Fisher (vocals), John Cockman, Jr. (fiddle), Billy Cockman (banjo, guitar), David Cockman (bass), and Ben Cockman (mandolin, guitar). Billy has won banjo championships in Winfield, Kansas, as well as contests in both North and South Carolina. Ben has won guitar contests also at Winfield and other events in The Carolinas and West Virginia.
Billy and Caroline are both accomplished songwriters with a few of their songs included on this project. Caroline wrote “I’m Not Gonna Fear,” “Healing,” and “Old Camp Meeting.” Billy contributes “He Forgot What He Forgave” and “He Is My Joy.” The trio of Caroline, Billy, and Ben get together on the old Thomas Dorsey tune “Walking Up The King’s Highway.” Older selections include “Life’s Railway To Heaven” from 1880 and “Over In The Gloryland” from 1906. “Sweet By And By” from 1886 is given an instrumental treatment. The family offers tight harmonies and great picking from Billy and Ben. Another good output from this solid family band. (www.cockmanfamily.com)BF