Interview: Kyle Cox

“I love making music more than anything; I often wish I was passionate about numbers or something so I could be a CPA and have a more consistent life, but I’m not,” says Kyle Cox with a laugh.  “I was in food service for a while, I was a worship leader for a while, I was a youth pastor for a few years.  It’s been a journey.  I make music because I have to, if I did anything else, I’d be miserable.”

Cox was a military kid who lived all over the country and now calls Nashville home; in February, he signed with Rock Ridge Music, and will release a new five-song EP, Trio & Friends, on June 3rd.  A writer who idolizes the likes of John Prine and spends a great deal of his time putting elbow grease into crafting lyrics, Cox appreciates the chance he has to communicate truths through his art that resonate with others in unique way.  “Very simple words and simple things that express profound truths and realities are the most challenging to craft. My writing lately has been reflective of my experiences over the last few years,” he says.  “I’ve learned that sorrow isn’t necessarily a bad thing, that seeing things through the lens of sorrow can allow us to appreciate the world around us more.

Produced by good friend and Avett Brothers drummer, Mike Marsh, Trio & Friends lured Cox into unfamiliar territory in using trio instrumentation and a recording technique he’d never tried; “We tracked everything live—drums, acoustic bass, vocals—all at one time, no punch-ins, no edits, no stopping or starting.  What you hear of the song is one actual full take of it, which is how a lot of my songwriting heroes did it. I was nervous going into the process because I’d never recorded that way, but now I prefer it,” he explains.  “Any imperfections you hear in the songs give them life—if a string breaks or a voice cracks, it all lends itself to authenticity.”

Pre-order Trio & Friends: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/trio-friends-ep/id1109589142

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