Cox & Company, Country Boys


Bland County Fairgrounds

31 Fairground St., Bland VA

Central ZONE
Crooked Road Concerts


7:30 PM

Having learned from the best, former Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver member Joey Cox now leads the excellent bluegrass group Cox & Company. Based out of Southwest Virginia, this band--formed in 2010--includes Joey Cox, Crystal Shipley, Patrick Robertson, Barry Collins, and Gale Shockley. Guitarist/banjoist/vocalist Joey Cox grew up in Pulaski County, Virginia, and was inspired at an early age to learn banjo and play bluegrass music. After graduating from high school, he spent eight years on the road performing with such bands as Blue Ridge, The Kenny & Amanda Smith Band, Lou Reid & Carolina, and Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver. Fiddler/vocalist Crystal Shipley grew up in the small music-rich town of Kingsport, Tennessee, playing the fiddle from the age of ten. Studying with the legendary fiddler Bobby Hicks, Crystal placed first in bluegrass fiddle at the Galax Fiddler's Convention, the Sparta Fiddler's Convention, the Mt. Airy Fiddlers Convention, and the Ashe County Fiddler's Convention. Crystal has toured with such bands as the David Mayfield Parade and the Dixie Bee-Liners and has released a self-titled solo album.

Banjoist/bassist/harmony vocalist Barry Collins hails from Floyd County, Virginia. Serving as banjo player for the legendary McPeak Brothers bluegrass band in the 1980s, Barry won 1st place in banjo at the Galax Fiddler's Convention in 2005. Bassist/guitarist/vocalist Patrick Robertson, who lives in Pulaski County Virginia, started playing music professionally in 2003 as the lead guitar player, singer, and songwriter for the band Michelle Nixon & Drive. Cox & Company is rounded out by mandolinist/harmony vocalist Gale Shockley, who grew up in Patrick County, Virginia. Having played mandolin with Cox & Company since the band was formed, Gale has shared the stage with Charlie Monroe, David and Linda Lay, Sammy Shelor, and many others.

For over 40 years, The Country Boys have enjoyed a well-deserved reputation as a top-notch bluegrass band. With members hailing from Mount Airy, North Carolina, and Stuart, Virginia, the band is especially known among fans for soaring vocal harmonies and the rock solid drive that characterizes great bluegrass bands. Over the years they have been a dominant force in the bluegrass band competitions in the region, including multiple first place wins at the prestigious Old Fiddlers Convention in Galax where most bands feel fortunate to have even won once. Guitarists Don Clifton and Johnny Joyce have fronted the band since it began and their harmony singing blends as only 40 years of singing together can achieve. Doug Joyce on bass is a key ingredient in the band’s signature driving rhythm, and Marsha Todd on mandolin, Billy Hawkes on fiddle, and Hersie Mcmillian on banjo compliment the rhythm section with superb instrumental work. The Country Boys have numerous bluegrass and bluegrass gospel recordings to their credit including “Bluegrass & Gospel” and “Feel the Rhythms”. A recording of all original bluegrass material by the various band members is scheduled for release in 2017. BACK TO ALL EVENTS