Happy In Bag

Monday, July 17, 2006

The Courageous Voice of Danny Cox

Danny Cox did a brave thing Friday night.

Cox delivered a strident anti-war protest song to an unsuspecting audience in Olathe, Kansas, the most politically conservative corner of the Kansas City metropolis. As a renowned folk singer who enjoyed national acclaim in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, Cox is no stranger to topical material. Even so, he has probably rarely performed before a less receptive group of people.

"Bring Our Loved Ones Back," with its lines like "We’re killing citizens all over the world" and "Thank God for the internet," isn’t going to make anyone forget "We Shall Overcome." Still, its sincerity and earnestness are quite compelling. Remarkably, no one in Olathe booed or left in protest when the song concluded. Two dozen people even stood and applauded.

Cox was in Olathe as the unannounced opening act for Malford Milligan. The event was part of the city’s free Friday night concert series. Many of the approximately 400 people in attendance walked to the event from their nearby homes.

Cox had been charming the audience with polite folk standards and ditties about the challenges of raising children. Then he was joined by Malford Milligan for a couple songs. The extraordinary voice of Milligan, an Austin-based blues and rock musician, seemed to invigorate Cox. "It’s so great to sing with someone you never sang with," Cox exclaimed as Milligan left the stage. "All we have is a few chords and passion. I can say we felt the passion."

It was then that Cox sang "Bring Our Loved Ones Back." While Milligan and his backing trio later ran through a solid set that showcased Milligan’s marvelous voice, Cox’s courageous act remained the evening's highlight.

Additional photos of the concert are here.


  • At 6:11 PM, Blogger Xavier Onassis said…

    Go Danny, Go Danny, Go Danny!

  • At 9:34 AM, Blogger Dan said…

    That must have been a great thing to witness.

  • At 8:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Kansas City, Mexico, San Francisco; starting at the Vanguard; we have covered alot of space and time.
    I'm glad to know you are still writing and performing.

  • At 8:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Danny Cox lost his home in a fire Sunday 6 Jan 2008.

  • At 11:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    There are at least two benefit concerts in KC to help Danny recover.

    One is at All Souls UU Church and the other is at Knuckleheads Saloon.

    All Souls is Sun Jan 20, 15 at the door but available tomorrow online (I don't know for sure, brown bag something). Brewer & Shipley, The Elders, Bob Walkenhorst & Jeff Porter and others will perform. Also a $50 meet-and-greet before the show.

    The Elders are at Knuckleheads on Sun Feb 17 at 3pm. Tickets online Knuckleheadskc.com. $15 advance or $20 at the door.

    Both places are very intimate, good venues.

  • At 8:36 AM, Blogger Happy In Bag said…

    Thanks for the valuable information, Orphan.

    And thanks to everyone else as well.


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