Austin Singer/Songwriter Izzy Cox Launches IndieGoGo Campaign to Fund New Record
Austin-based songstress Izzy Cox has launched an IndieGoGo campaign to seek funding for her latest collection of songs, Ballads for the Nearly Departed. If you aren’t familiar with Izzy, she has been doing her thing since the early ’90s and is heavily involved in the roots revival scene that has taken hold in recent years, writing her own songs and claiming a sound comprised of the best of the old and the new, as well as something entirely her own. The way she describes her sound, in terms of genre classification, is outlaw Americana, hellbilly, and anarchist crooner. That sums it up fairly well, I’d say, but there is more to it than that. To put it less simply, there are elements in her sound ranging from all musical eras, from Depression-era jazz and classic blues to the old-timey pickers of the ’40s, to the seminal rock’n’roll, rockabilly and outlaw country of the ’50s, to a variety of genres and subgenres of today, including punk. And while these styles aren’t always mashed together into a single song, Miss Cox certainly has a deep well of musical influences and individual creativity from which to draw, and can go from one to the other naturally without throwing listeners off. To be sure, she is a rare talent.
My first exposure to Izzy’s music was in 2010 when I got my hands on the last batch of Devil’s Ruin Records compilations. Her song “Devil, Devil” was on Rodentum: The Best of Dark Roots Music IV. More than just a little impressed with her powerful and moving voice and a classic musical sound which I imagine is what she would refer to as her voodoobilly jazz side. Then I sought out her Killing My Kind album, a thoroughly absorbing and enjoyable collection of songs featuring backing instrumentation from a number of Austin artists.
Izzy’s IndieGoGo campaign, whose goal is $5,000.00, if met, will fund a number of things, such as a re-issues of Killing My Kind, Love Letters from the Electric Chair, and the Bars, Brawls and Booze 2-disc comp. In addition, there is of course the new album, Ballads for the Nearly Departed, as well as stickers, patches, prints, record and tour posters, promotion, publishing, and preparation for hitting the road with her songs.
Of all of the crowd-funding campaigns I have come across over the last year or so, there have only been three I was most eager to donate to, and Izzy Cox is one of them. If you feel the same and want to see these goals realized, head over to IndieGoGo and do the same.