A Nashville resident for two years now, Kristy Cox and fellow recording artist and husband-to-be Travis List have returned home for the second annual Nashville Comes to Gawler, featuring the two of them, country neotraditionalist Roo Arcus and comedian and bluegrass musician Pete Denahy.
“The concept of the show was to bring American-style music to our hometown,” explains the blonde singer/songwriter, speaking to me an hour before taking the stage at this year’s Gympie Music Muster. “Both Travis and I grew up in the area, and we put on the show last year and it was a huge success.
“We’re really excited to do it again this year and we’re bringing over a couple of mates, Pete Denahy and Roo Arcus, who share the same love for American country music as we do. It should be a great night, filled with bluegrass and laughs and just great music all round.”
At the moment, the artist, due to return to Nashville in a couple of weeks, is unsure if the event will be staged again in 2016, but on the subject of acts she would like to see in possible future lineups, Kristy admits, “I haven’t even thought about that yet – we’re kind of working on one thing at a time!
“But I’d love to see the likes of Travis Collins and people like that… We try to bring people to Adelaide that don’t put it on their usual tour schedule.”
I asked the affable twenty-something, who has known Travis List since the age of 11, for information on the running order of this year’s show. “Pete will go on first. He’s also compering and playing fiddle for the rest of the night, and then after Pete I’ll go on… Then we’ll have an interval, so the bluegrass side of things will be done first.
“Then after the interval, Roo Arcus and then Travis will go on and at the end we’ll all jump up and do some songs that everybody knows.”
In between touring and organising Nashville Comes to Gawler with her fiancé, Ms. Cox – signed to American bluegrass label Pisgah Ridge, an imprint of Mountain Home – is also in the middle of recording her fourth studio album, the follow-up to last year’s very well received Living for the Moment.
“It’ll have a similar kind of feel to the other albums,” says the star, winner of Female Vocalist of the Year and Entertainer of the Year at the 2013 Australian Independent Country Music Awards, of her latest project. “I guess if anything, it’ll be a little bit more bluegrass…
“I find every album I do, I’m more bluegrass than the previous one. I’ve got a lot of the same musicians coming in and I’m trying my hardest to make a better album. I think that’s what every artist does – we want to make the new one better than the last one. We’re just working through the songs to make sure that that happens…”
For more information on Kristy Cox, visit her official website.