In an effort to wrap my head around the hundreds and hundreds (and hundreds) of acts scheduled to perform at SXSW 2009, I've decided to go through and pick a bunch of names I don't recognize and find out more about each of them. I'm going to start with Cotton Jones, simply because that was one of the first names that was released a few weeks ago.
Cotton Jones is a new duo comprised of former Page France frontman Michael Nau and Whitney McGraw. Their recently released debut album, Paranoid Cocoon, is a breezy, slightly psychedelic folk-pop record that reflects the duos' casual pursuit of comfort and freedom in the mountains of Cumberland, Maryland. Their seemingly endless boy-girl harmonizing sounds just like something you'd hear coming out of an antique radio, one that has known nothing but the confines of some funky old wooden cabin. Paranoid Cocoon is available now via Suicide Squeeze Records.