3 Fox Drive

Listen to the Music

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Perhaps the first thing one will notice about 3 Fox Drive is that there are six members in the group, and that doesn't even count the musicians who are sitting in with the band. If this seems like a lot of people, especially for an acoustic assembly, that's because it is. In a way, it's as though 3 Fox Drive are two bands in one on Listen to the Music, one part concentrating on solid instrumental work, the other providing both lead and harmony vocals. And while plenty of acoustic-based bands offer both good musicianship and stellar vocals, the real difference here is that both of the lead vocalists are women. Both Kim and Barb Fox provide lead vocals and support one another on harmony, while Joel Fox -- when the choruses kick into high gear -- also adds his voice to the mix. The opening cut, Tom Johnston's "Listen to the Music," gets the album off to a perky start. There's a nice version of Shelby Lynne/Stephanie Davis/Brent Maher's "Slow Me Down," and some solid originals -- "Short Walk to the Moon" and "Cold at the Bottom of Your Heart" -- by Kim Fox. Bassist Mike Anglin, mandolinist Jim Reed, and fiddler Megan Lynch -- along with a couple guests -- offer fine support on all of these songs. With 3 Fox Drive's combination of top-notch vocals, a bright acoustic underpinning, and a good set of songs, Listen to the Music is an enjoyable introduction to the band.

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