Always been ones to march to their own drum, Adrian+Meredith make a different sort of roots racket. More Than A Little, finds the pair's debut putting its own spin on Americana music, roughing up the genre's edges with the rule-breaking spirit of punk, the vintage twang of old-timey folk, the sneer of rock & roll, and even the frenetic bounce of early Swing and jazz manouche.
More Than A Little brings together two performers who grew up on opposite ends of the musical spectrum. Before meeting his future wife at a show in Washington DC, Adrian was born on the Canadian/Detroit border, raised on rock, punk and soul music, with a carnival barker's croon and an off-the-wall "clawhammer banjo" approach to playing the acoustic guitar. Meanwhile, Meredith was a nearby Ann Arbor MI native who cut her teeth in the old-time music scene, where she played traditional fiddle and clogged. Those two approaches come together with Adrian + Meredith, a project that honors the traditions of Folk and Americana music while pushing beyond those genres' boundaries. Produced in East Nashville by Mark Robertson, More Than A Little is being released in part via an innovative partnership with Daniel Lanois' Canadian streaming company, UpRise.FM.
It might seem incongruous that the most intimate songs that flow from the heart and pen of a skilled songwriter are also sometimes the most deeply relatable to many who hear said songs, but that is the sonic sweet spot in which Kyle Cox practices his craft. The hoops- and hooks-loving (basketball and catchy songs, respectively), Nashville-based Cox, who recently signed a label/management deal with Rock Ridge Music, will consummate the partnership with the June 3, 2016 release of his five-song EP, Trio and Friends.
“Immediately, from the first time I sat down with them, it seemed to click,” says Cox of the determining factor that sparked the flame that fueled his decision to make Rock Ridge Music his home – his musical sanctuary. “They seemed to understand who I was as an artist. They appreciated the blue collar aspect of my touring, my hard work and hit-the-pavement-running work ethic. It was just cool all around.” OnTrio and Friends, the comfortable artist-label relationship and aural rubber immediately meets the road with the opening track, ties-that-bind, tale “Trusty Ol’ Pair of Boots,” in which Cox sings, “Built to last and never fall apart/only fits better over time,” referring to his closest and most trusted partner in life. “The whole song is about my wife and the idea of marriage in general,” he vows. “The first verse is about the warm feeling love can give you and the ability to brighten up your day, or to keep you warm and safe or protect you, like a nice pair of boots can do.”