Vernon Oxford

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Descriptive "tags": country classic country oldies honky tonk cowhat fav cowhat hero under 2000 listeners Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

8 June 1941, Benton County, Arkansas, USA. Oxford comes from a musical, church-going family, and his father passed his fiddle-playing talent on to his son. He was given a guitar when he was 13 years old and has been singing country and country/gospel ever since. In 1964 he moved to Nashville with his wife, Loretta, and, after being turned down by several companies, RCA Records signed him, releasing a single and an album, both called ‘Woman, Let Me Sing You A Song’. Oxford’s recordings are a throwback to the rural honky-tonk sound of Hank Williams, with a voice to match, but he claims, ‘I am being me. I sing a lot of Hank’s songs but I never set out intentionally to imitate him. I guess we’re both country boys and we both sing from the heart.’ RCA dropped Oxford when his records did not sell, but a contingent of British fans lobbied RCA so hard that they reversed the decision. RCA released a UK double album in its Famous Country...

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