by Jacob Threadgill
Cory Taylor Cox remembers what it was like trying to start a band in small-town Mississippi, and he’s doing his best to inspire independent artists across the South with his Sons of Old Town collective. Growing up in Booneville (MS), Cox’s only musical outlet was the church until he began his undergraduate studies at the University of North Alabama. In Florence, Alabama, he was schooled in the Muscle Shoals music tradition and formed a connection with bandmates... It is indicative of the diversity of genres Cox likes to promote during his shows. A tour this spring included two rock bands, an acoustic country singer and a rapper. Cox’s own music sits somewhere in the middle. “’Indie is such a catch-all term,” Cox, 30, said as he acknowledged growing up during the era when The White Stripes, The Strokes and The Hives made “indie” cool. “I was young enough to know who was new and doing something different, and at a good moment to latch onto it.