Of the many artists Eddie Crook signed to his record labels in the 1980s, each of them bore a unique identity – Country style of singing. Families like the McKameys or Perry Sisters or Hayes Family showed a more ‘Countrified’ aspect of musical style and/or singing style. A few male groups arose to the national scene as well. One group, the Fox Brothers, captured the excitement and energy of the era with their lively concert experiences.
Throughout their national spotlight, the Fox Brothers used a variety of instruments in their concerts. Of course, they used the basic piano, drums, and bass guitar. However, they were one of the leading groups to use accompanying instruments as their defining factor in their sound. The group carried a quartet style, but each member played some instrument on stage. The most intriguing is that the tenor, Roy Fox, played the harmonica in interludes. Certainly, there music presence capture audiences.
In addition to the music, their song lyrics were different. They used more ‘all-American’ references in their tunes. Songs like “It’s Time for Love” and “I Didn’t Stop Dancing” used social issues or popular trends to carry the Gospel message. In spite of their overt Country sound/style, the group tackled Inspirational tunes with the highly popular, “Carry On.” This was one of few Top 20 hits for the group, peaking at #11 in January 1990.
Throughout the years, their ministry used the talents of the core brothers: Randy, Lynn, and Roy. However, one recognizable Fox Brothers member in today’s Gospel circuits is Jeff Pearles (Palmetto State, King’s Heralds, Old Time Gospel Hour Qt). By keeping the same core members, the group gained a solid following that continues to this day in a more mainstream Country appeal with the 3 original members in a trio format.
However, here is the flashback to one of their popular hits on the Singing News charts in 1987, It’s Time for Love.