2020 Album Draft- Round 3- Pick 8: Run-Sew- Read selects- Alison Krauss & The Cox Family: I Know Who Holds Tomorrow.
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This album is a 1994 collaboration that I ‘discovered’ in the early 2000s, when I was trying to decide whether to buy the soundtrack from ‘Oh Brother Where Art Thou’. I like some bluegrass, and I like a smaller amount of gospel, but I don’t actually own or listen to much at all from those genres. This album by Alison and The Cox Family is a very pleasant blend of the two, that captivated me from the beginning, and still gets regular play in my house. It has a great calming feel to it. The album includes a few well-known songs, such as Where No One Stands Alone’, and ‘Loves Me Like A Rock’. But it’s the other, lesser known songs that are my favorites.
There are several talented vocalists on this album, who trade off at lead. My favorite vocal combination is Suzanne Cox and Alison Krauss. Their voices blend beautifully to my ears.
There is one sad song, that I used to skip at first, and then it grew to become one of my favorites; although it still brings on the tears. It is ‘Far Side Bank of Jordan’. Willard Cox’s voice and delivery is literal and believable, as one side of a conversation between a couple about when one of them dies. See why it’s sad? The rest of the voices make lovely harmonies for the chorus. Johnny Cash and others have performed this song, but Willard’s version is my preferred, and the one I heard first.
My favorite songs on the album are: Will There Be Any Stars, Remind Me Dear Lord, I Know Who Holds Tomorrow, I’d Rather Have Jesus, Far Side Bank of Jordan, and Jewels. All but two of those are Suzanne and/or Alison on vocals.