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Amelia Islander

Story and Song on February 1

Jan 29, 2014 02:00AM
Ronny Cox grew up in New Mexico listening to Texas Swing tunes, but then played rock & roll in high school, and was eventually drawn to folk music after graduating from college. Born in Cloudcroft, NM, he’s the son of Lounette (née Rucker) and Bob P. Cox, a carpenter who also worked at a dairy and played guitar for all the local fiddlers when the overhauls were peeled off. Cox grew up in Portales, NM, and his craft as a singer/songwriter is a testament to his life on the Southwestern desert. The third of five children and a father to two sons of his own, Cox brings his extraordinarily view of life into a magnetic, likeable, onstage persona.

With a career that spans over a hundred and twenty-five films and television shows, Cox is often ironically identified with the villains he has played in movies like Total Recall, Robocop, and the ruthless politician in the hit science fiction TV series Stargate. Cox’s first film, and  his first time acting in front of a camera, was as the guitarist in the famous "dueling banjos" scene in Deliverance.  His second big film was Bound for Glory, Hal Ashby’s film about Woody Guthrie.

The truth is that Cox has been writing songs and telling stories for over four decades. Only in the last 10 years has the world seen him evolve from being an “actor who sings” into knowing him as a “singer who happens to have a pretty fair career acting.” Cox is performing at Burns Hall, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, on February 1 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15. For more information or to make a reservation call (904) 415-1388.