John Cox - Sunny Day

Monday 1st December 1997
John Cox - Sunny Day
John Cox - Sunny Day

STYLE: Roots/Acoustic
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
LABEL: Alliance ALD109
RRP: £4.99

Reviewed by James Tweed

With 'Sunny Day' Nashville-based singer/songwriter John Cox has produced a wee gem. He has shrewdly surrounded himself with a quintet of red hot musicians, perhaps the best known being guitarist Tim Pierce, who memorably distilled 30 years of rock guitar histrionics into one incendiary solo for Michael J. Fox in the film Back To The Future and played on Bruce Springsteen's 'Human Touch' Album. 'Sunny Day' has a swampy southern groove reminiscent in places of two other Johns, Fogerty and Mellencamp. It has been crisply produced by David Kershenbaum, who worked behind the desk in the late 1970s with Gallagher and Lyle and Joe Jackson then latterly Supertramp and Kim Hill. However, even with a sound and look reminiscent of Sam Hill (now whatever happened to him?), it is depressing to think that in all likelihood John's irresistible debut will achieve neither the public recognition nor a fraction of the sales it deserves.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Mario in El Paso TX. @ 06:52 on Oct 17 2009

Saw John live either in El Paso or Las Cruces in the 90's. All I have is a cassette tape but I cherish it and take care of it like gold. Love the music, the lyrics, arrangements, the whole production is really outstanding, probably one of the best christian albums I have ever heard, this album was not done justice, but its still top flight in my collection.

Reply by daniel in san angelo tx @ 05:32 on Jan 23 2011

I heard john cox in 1987 or 88 in San Angelo, TX. He played a song called "WHO IS THIS" A very powerful and anointed song that touched everyone .
I have been looking all over the internet for 10 to 12 yrs with no luck. Any info would be appreciated.
Daniel Stewart

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Posted by Jay Bonwell in Mesa, AZ @ 05:50 on Jun 20 2009

Huge fan.

Posted by Ken in Idaho @ 03:19 on Apr 12 2008

I love this album! I played it a TON on my college radio show in San Diego. It still finds heavy rotation in my CD player! Just found his album "Eighty Days" on Amazon and looking forward to hearing it.

Posted by Dave in Pittsburgh PA @ 18:01 on Nov 1 2007

I saw John in concert back in 1997 and he signed my copy of Sunny Day. Great music even 10 years later it speaks to the soul. Glad to see he is still around.

Posted by larisa in broken arrow @ 19:12 on Aug 21 2007

"I wana take the time" to say how much I love this album. It alway reminds me that God is in control " Like a cloud, my trouble drift away" I really know "you've opened up the door". "I am oh so glad you came". And every time I listen to the album, just about that time I stop Paying attention to the words, then I hear " I can tell that you are not listening to a single word I say, but thats okay, I'll sing them anyway" I'm always looking to support the new talent that noone has heard of, I'm usaully a good judge of who is going to make it and who is not. I bought "sunny day" album just before I was 16 which would have been about the summer of 98, could you imagine to my suprise sereval years later I found out he also sang my new favorite song at the time. I remember were I was, even to the cross streets, when I heard his name on the radio. When Sunny Day came out short of going to the bookstore you wouldn't even known that John Cox existed, because they did not play that album on the radio. Though I like His new stuff too. Sunny Day continues to be my favorite album of all time. If you don't own it Buy It, you won't be disapointed, There is only one song that doctrine wise might be a little on the shakey side, but it probably meets people where there at in their lives. Plus, I don't know what his heart behide it was. Overall,every song keeps your attention. And it would have done better when it first came out, if there was more publicity on it. This album is Great!!!

Posted by james (L99) in Yakima, WA. @ 21:42 on Mar 5 2007

I have every cd available...I think? John's music speaks to the soul no matter where your at in your life. He has the ability to reach people through his music and shares it willingly with us...for this we thank you! I am particularly fond of "pull you into my world" from the Eighty Years album. I find it honest, personal, and compelling! Having been the hurting, "tormented soul" that John sings to, I can appreciate and relate to the message of hope that is offerred.

Posted by tenderfoot in bend @ 18:39 on Oct 12 2005

This Cd need to be aviable again

Posted by Sarah in Asheville @ 16:30 on Sep 19 2005

John Cox the music is outstanding and has some of the best song lyrics I have ever heard. He's one of my fav's.

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