FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – MEDIA RELEASE
Country music fans are in for a real treat over the next couple of months as bluegrass sweetheart Kristy Cox and honky tonk vocalist Travis List join forces for a special run of tour dates dubbed as their Coming Home tour. After spending the first part of the year in their new homeland of Nashville, Tennessee, these two emerging country performers are excited to return home to Australia and showcase the music they’ve been earning acclaim for in the United States. Joined by Aussie up-and-coming starlets Georgia Fall for this East Coast run of dates, music fans are in for a real treat as these artists take to the stage to demonstrate their own individual and formidable styles.
For Kristy Cox, the return home is even sweeter after the incredible success she’s been achieving overseas. Recently signed to US bluegrass label Pisgah Ridge (an imprint of Mountain Home), she released her latest album Living For The Moment in February, officially launching it at the Tamworth Country Music Festival, and has been achieving rave reviews ever since. Music lovers are drawn to her youthful energy and it’s no surprise that she’s already been earning accolades such as the Female Vocalist of the Year (2013) and Entertainer of the Year (2013) at the Australian Independent Country Awards. Although she’s been based in Nashville for the better part of the year so far, Kristy still calls Australia home.
“There is no place like home,” she says. “I am excited to bring back my new album and perform for the audience that has seen me grow over the years, catch up with friends and see what everyone thinks of the new music.”
As long-time friends, it was something of a natural progression for Kristy and Travis to join forces on this tour. “I have known Kristy since she was just starting to sing and have kept an eye on what she was up to and watched her progress as a musician,” says Travis. “Late last year we thought we would try and put on a show in our hometown of Adelaide, something neither of us have done in some time – it’s been over eight years since my last South Australian show. We started to work on some songs together for the show. Kristy was already organising the tour and asked me if I wanted to do the whole tour instead of just the one show. I thought it was a great idea.”
Travis is rapidly becoming known as one of Australian country’s best male vocalists. His music is revered for demonstrating what modern country should sound like and his songs resonate with authenticity. Inspired by the music of his father, Australian balladeer Ian List, to the music by legends such as Merle Haggard and Slim Whitman, Travis has not only been earning himself a solid reputation but also in his new home of Nashville as well. He is considered a new traditionalist, one whose honky tonk persona resonates with young and old.
Kristy Cox’s career has been going from strength to strength since the release of her debut album From My Eyes in 2006. She’s had a string of Top 10 hits on country radio and country music television, and has been recognised as a rising star of Australian country to watch out for. In her career so far she’s been a Starmaker finalist and APRA Professional Development Award finalist. Her subsequent albums Breaking New Ground (2010) and Miles and Timezones (2012) and the recent Living For The Moment (2014) have all earned her praise for her songwriting capabilities. Signing to Pisgah Ridge (an imprint of Mountain Home) in the US was a huge coup for the songstress and saw her move to the States for most of 2013 to work on the new album. She also signed an exclusive songwriting contract with Asheville Forest Music.
Travis List has been performing since the age of seven, first of all touring with the family band and later on with his sister. He has been the frontman for many a successful South Australian band and won a swag of accolades throughout this time, such as the Rocky Page Memorial Scholarship which saw him graduate from the Australian Country Music College in 2003. In 2008 he moved to Nashville and has been writing and producing in that time. His return to Australian with Kristy marks his first full East Coast tour, and is an exciting opportunity for country music fans to see a stellar artist in their prime.
Kristy says their musical experiences actually prove for a great partnership on this tour. “Bluegrass and honky tonk seem so apart on the musical scale, however Travis and I grew up listening to the same kind of music,” she says. “We both perform and write songs that really mean something to us and this is transferred in the way we deliver them. The night will give everyone a little bit of country from all aspects, traditional, bluegrass, acoustic and then even a little of today. I look at it like eating a three course meal… you get all the best of all the worlds.”
Travis is equally excited about the upcoming shows. “The audience can expect a show full of high energy, great songs and a few surprises,” he says. “We have worked very hard to ensure the audience is getting what they pay for.”
The inclusion of Georgia Fall, who have just released their debut album Love The Hard Way, is a great opportunity for both Travis and Kristy to work alongside a great up-and-coming outfit. “Every now and then you see an act that has just hit the scene that has the same values for music as you do, for me Georgia Fall are just that,” says Kristy. “They’re an extremely talented group of musicians who really care about what they are doing and are doing it for all the right reasons. I’m excited to bring them on this tour and show Australian audiences what is coming up in the ranks.”
Post tour, the rest of 2014 is considerably busy for both Kristy and Travis. Kristy will return to the US for the annual IBMA Bluegrass Convention and start writing for a new album, due to start recording in March 2015. She’s already had a massive year touring the US and Europe and is looking forward to returning home at Christmas for a bit of a rest before the Tamworth Country Music Festival in January. Travis will be launching his new album This Corner during the Coming Home tour and will spend all his time and energy on the new release.
Friday 15th August 2014
Revolver Upstairs, PRAHAN VIC
229 Chapel Street, Prahan VIC
Tickets $17 [pre-sale] | $20 [door]
(03) 9521 5985 | http://revolverupstairs.com.au
Saturday 23rd August 2014
Starplex Theatre, GAWLER SA
20 Alexander Ave, Evanston Park SA
Saturday 13th September 2014
The Abbey, CANBERRA ACT
Federation Square, O’Hanlon Place, Canberra ACT
Friday 19th September 2014
Rooty Hill RSL Club, ROOTY HILL NSW
55 Sherbrooke Street, Rooty Hill NSW
For more information, please visit www.kristycox.com and www.travislist.com