THE COX FAMILY, “Gone Like The Cotton,” Rounder/Warner Nashville/Asylum, 12 tracks

The Cox Family from Cotton Valley, Louisiana, burst on the national scene in the early 1990s and quickly became one of the top bluegrass acts in the country.

Their sibling harmonies caught music lovers ears.

Of course, it helped that Alison Krauss, the reigning queen of bluegrass at the time, introduced them to the national scene.

The Cox Family won a Grammy, were soon touring with the rock band Counting Crows and headlining festivals across the country.

They signed with Asylum Records, a Nashville-based Americana label.

And it seemed like they were on their way.

But as quickly as they appeared, the Cox Family seemed to disappear.

In 1998, the family band was recording the album that became “Gone Like The Cotton.”

But changes in management at their label found the Cox Family without a contract.

In 2000, they did record on the soundtrack of “Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?,” a mega hit.

But on July 4 that year, Willard and Marie Cox — the parents in the family band — were driving near their home when their car was struck in the rear by a logging truck.

Willard was paralyzed from the waist down and could no longer perform.

Marie recovered but was soon diagnosed with breast cancer, which took her life in 2009.

The siblings — Sidney, Suzanne and Evelyn — “went back to civilian-type life,” although there were occasional performances and some touring.

But people in the record industry never forgot the album that lay unfinished in Nashville.

And finally, in April, the Cox Family returned to the studio to finish it — after 17 years.

It was definitely worth waiting for.

Willard Cox’s vocals from 1998 are featured on “I’ll Get Over You,” a previous hit by Crystal Gayle; the Louvin Brothers‘ “Cash on the Barrelhead” and the Lonesome Pine Fiddlers‘ “Honky Tonk Blues.”

There’s a lot of heartache — “Good Imitation of the Blues,” “Lost Without Your Love,” “Desire,” and “Too Far Gone,” which was written by Sidney and Suzanne Cox.

The title track, also written by Sidney and Suzanne, is a tribute to their parents and grandparents.

Another great album by a great band that’s been out of the spotlight for far too long.

Look for it Oct. 23.

If it’s not in stores, try http://www.CoxFamilyMusic.com

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