Friday, January 26, 2007

Free wheeling with Paul Cox

Express Staff Writer

Ketchum resident Paul Cox usually spends his Saturday nights slapping a puck around with the Sun Valley Suns. Following a game at 10 p.m. he then dashes off to the Roosevelt Tavern to slap some licks on his guitar.

Cox is a hybrid guy. Multi-jobs, multi-interests, a freewheeling kind of plan. Though he injured his shoulder recently and is sitting out the next couple weeks, hockey is just one of his exploits. He also works for Acoustic Design creating audio and home theater systems. Since he moved from Los Angeles, he's made a semi home at Roosevelt entertaining regularly on Saturday nights.

In Colorado Springs, he had a band called Three Degrees of Freedom that toured 225 days a year and covered 35 states. It recorded three albums, all of which were sold at Tower Records.

"I was a road dog for about four years," Cox said. "Most of the time bands bust up and that's what happened."

In L.A. he played in the B.B. King Blues Club's house band, and for nine years was a frequent visitor to the Wood River Valley.

Then last year, as with many people who came before, Cox made the move north.

"I needed to take a break and decided to come here on hiatus. I didn't have a time frame," he said. "I'm one of those people who came for a visit and stayed."

Cox says he has a percussive style of play. "It's acoustic music, ninety percent is original music but I try to mix it up with some covers. Everything from the Blues Travelers to Police."

Catch Cox, if you can, on the ice, or on stage.

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