Some musicians can't be fenced in. They bounce from one style or genre to the next, sounding perfectly comfortable with each leap. Hampton songwriter Micah Foxx is among them.
I first heard Foxx last month at a singer-songwriter contest leading up to the Aiken and Friends Fest. At the Victorian Station in Phoebus, he played a pair of songs. Both were good, but very different from each other. The first tune, "Oregon," was a laid-back indie-folk number in the vein of Fleet Foxes or Iron and Wine. The other, "Amy Jo" was a loud, stomping blues number filled with raw passion and gritty soul.
Foxx didn't win the contest at Victorian Station, but he did triumph at another round. He got to showcase his talent at the Aiken and Friends Fest in Smithfield last weekend.
The first recorded song I heard from Foxx showed yet another side of the young songwriter. "Vote for Love," is the first track on Foxx's 7-track CD titled "Love." It's a easy-going, chilled-out reggae tune.
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"I really love world music and reggae has been a huge influence on me," said the 27-year-old musician. "I feel a more acoustic, folky vibe right now. I go through different feelings, but it's all based on the acoustic guitar."
Fox said he wrote "Vote For Love" about four years ago, when the country was gearing up for a presidential election. "I had been bitten by a tick and gotten Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. My fever hit 102.9 degrees. I was sort of hallucinating ... It just came through me. We should love each other beyond who we are voting for. The song just came right out."
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