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Bluegrass Musician to Release Latest Album Titled LOXO

Between the sounds of the fiddle and the amazing stacking layers of four part harmonies, bluegrass music has been winning hearts around the world since the 1940’s. The sound of bluegrass music has been growing exponentially over the past 25 years, and there is a whole generation of young musicians coming up because of this musical movement. Bluegrass music is truly an American art form. Its music today encompasses everything from the jamgrass of Yonder Mountain String Band to the traditional sound of Del McCoury to the more eclectic flavor of Trampled by Turtles.

Cori Jo Hawkins, a Kansas City Native, is a part of that growing movement.

“I began learning how to play the fiddle when I was 7 years old, and I was bluegrass and classically trained.  My dad played in a bluegrass band, so I grew up going to festivals all over the Midwest, jumping up on stage fiddling and singing with my dad,” said Cori.

Since then, Cori has grown into a phenomenally- trained musician, and her incredible talent and unparalleled passion for music has been capturing audiences wherever she plays.

“Having a hobby and a love for music that is so strong has given my life more meaning. It’s my identity, and it’s part of who I am. It has always given my life a drive and direction,” Cori says.

Cori started off listening to bands like Alison Krauss and the Dixie Chicks. From there she began to enjoy the sounds of Jack Johnson, M. Ward, and Angus & Julia Stone. Her love for bluegrass has opened up doors for her to play all over the country, and in addition she has opened up for multiple big country artists like Clint Black, Alabama, Diamond Rio, Tracy Lawrence, Jack Ingram, Uncle Kracker and Easton Corbin, just to name a few.

She is most excited about her newest project that she is currently working on called LOXO.

“It has a folk/bluesy influence,” says Cori. “I am really taking it back to my roots. It is the most genuine expression of music I have done yet, and I feel empowered with every song I finish. Since I have a home on a lake, it has a lot of influence on my writing. I feel centered around water, and it always seems to seep into my writing.”

The reason she chose the album title LOXO is because it is short for Loxodonta, which is the scientific species name for the African Elephant. When her album is finished, she will be putting a percentage of her album sales toward organizations that are trying to make a difference in saving African Elephants and Rhinos.

 If you are interested in booking, email her at cja464@gmail.com or call 816.809.2009. You can also follow her and her music at LittleMissMammoth.com.