Cox Family, The


  • From Cotton Valley, (Northeast) Louisiana.
  • Father Willard Cox began his musical career in 1964 with a group called Dewey Keene and the Country Squires.
  • Started performing as a family band in 1974.
  • Sidney Cox has written numerous songs for Alison Krauss, including “I’ve Got That Old Feeling”, “Steel Rails” and “New Fool.” In 1995, Sidney was inducted into the Songwriter’s Guild Hall of Fame.
  • 1987, released “It’s the Gospel” album (no label).
  • 1988, released “Heartaches Along the Horizon” album (Wilcox).
  • 1993, released Everybody’s Reaching Out for Someone album (Rounder).
  • 1994, released I Know Who Holds Tomorrow album (Rounder).
  • 1995, released Beyond the City album (Rounder).
  • 1995, signed with Asylum Records and subsequently recorded an album of country-oriented songs.
  • 1995, won a Grammy award for Best Southern Gospel, Country Gospel or Bluegrass Gospel Recording (for “I Know Who Holds Tomorrow” by Alison Krauss and the Cox Family).
  • 2000, appeared and sang in the movie “O Brother, Where Art Thou.”
  • July 2000, Willard and Marie Cox were seriously injured when a logging truck hit their car from behind.
  • 2004, were awarded Louisiana’s Governor’s Award for Lifetime Achievement in Music.
  • 2015, released Gone Like the Cotton album (Rounder).
  • 2019, Willard Cox passed away at age 82.