Baylen Leonard's Country Champion Brad Cox
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Baylen Leonard's Country Champion: Brad Cox

By Baylen Leonard

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If you like a bit of rock in your country, this one’s for you. Brad Cox is already a big deal in his native Australia, with a slew of awards and a radio no.1, but he’s now set to bust out from Down Under and take on the world.

A man of few words who says he’d rather be fishing or sitting around a campfire, Cox is certainly an artist who lets the music do most of the talking. We’re listening and we love it, and if his numbers are anything to go by, we aren’t alone; he’s already racked up over 4 million streams.

Having completed a big headline tour before the pandemic took hold and recorded new material in Nashville for his sophomore album My Mind’s Projection, it looks like even a pandemic won't slow Brad Cox down.

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Brad Cox

Where are you from and has that influenced the type of artist you are?

Jindabyne, New South Wales is my home town. On the southern end of the state up in the hills it’s one of the only alpine regions of our country.

Speaking of influences, what were you listening to growing up?

My parents had 3 cassettes jammed in the car at all times, Joe Cocker - Have A Little Faith, The Commitments soundtrack and the Coyote Ugly soundtrack.

Did you ever want to do something other than music?

Honestly, not that I can recall.


Are you more creative when you’re happy or when you’re sad?

I think for me my creative side doesn’t really favour either. Good things come out of all situations.


In general which comes first for you, the title or the song?

Usually the title is pulled from the song.


Any nicknames you care to share? How did it come about?

I got really bad foot rot working in a farm years ago. The lads started calling me Wal after the main character in the Footrot Flats comic.


Night owl or early bird?

Early bird.


Who would be your dream collaboration?

I would have loved to sing with Joe Cocker, but he’s heaps dead.


What’s next?

Get back on the damn road and move on from this pandemic rubbish.

Brad Cox's latest album, My Mind's Projection, is out now via Sony Music Australia, listen below. Tune in to Baylen Leonard's morning show from 10am-1pm (GMT) every weekday on Country Hits Radio.

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