Kenny Cox was born in Tampa & his family moved to Texas when he was a young child. They lived right next to the church where his father was preacher and Kenny had access to a full drum set and other musical instruments when he was only six years old. As was the family tradition he learned to sing and play music right there in that church. Years later he became an in demand “singing drummer” in Nashville. It was there Kenny caught the eye of the legendary singer/songwriter Verlon Thompson who helped pave his way into the singer/songwriter genre. So he added guitar to his list of instruments and became a triple threat in the studio and on stage. He also toured playing drums for the legendary Steve Forbert a major recording artist in the 80s. In Ft. Myers Kenny played drums & toured with Dan Morgan for several years before forming the long running popular band “Both Hands”. Recently he fronts the trio “The Kapo Kings” where Kenny exhibits his formidable skills as a frontman. In 2012 after a chance meeting with Rick Russell while both playing sidemen roles at a local show, a close friendship began and Kenny joined Stringtown in November 2012. Since his time in the Stringtown family he has evolved into the role of co-arranger and is responsible for all the harmony arrangements that have become a trademark of the band’s sound. Kenny was co-producer/engineer/mixer on the last two live CDs. A crowd favorite, he is a powerful musical and spiritual influence in the Stringtown family, in summer 2015 Kenny & Rick formed a duo called Big Sky (named after Kenny’s ranch).
In addition to playing locally in Stringtown, Big Sky and the Kapo Kings Kenny regularly tours the festival circuit in the summer appearing on the stage at the hHickory Fest.
My name is Paul Elliott aka Chantey
Chantey being the name of many a boat I have owned.
I got a late start, bought my first guitar when I was 30 something.
Grew up listening to Artists like Tom Rush, Bob Dylan Ian and Silvia, Tim Harden and Gordan Lightfoot folk music was my preference.
Being a Sailor I took an interest in Sea Chantey’s . I started singing and playing with Cliff Haslam in the late 80 at the Famous Griswold Inn in Essex, Conn. We sang Sea Chantey’s every Monday night.
I started writing songs in the 90’s, mostly kept them to myself. I changed my guitar style to finger picking.
I moved to Florida about 2004 got involved with the Punta Gorda Guitar Army. With encouragement I wrote more songs and played out at pubs and festivals.
I have written songs about places, people, nautical and slightly spiritual (not to be confused with religious).
I look forward to sharing some songs with you.