Garth Brooks with Patsi Bale Cox – By Dan Chandwick
Though she did not write a hit song, Patsi Bale Cox wrote many of a word that help preserve country music history. Through her words, she helped sculpt the stories of Kentucky natives Loretta Lynn and Wynonna Judd, along with Trisha Yearwood, and Garth Brooks. Most recently, she published the story of the Jones family – as in George Jones, Tammy Wynette, and their daughter, Georgette Jones.
Saturday evening, the country music community lost one of its own. Patsi Bale Cox passed away due to emphysema at the age of 66. Originally from Kansas, she moved to Nashville in 1983. Cox would work with regional publications and other freelance work. While Working with PolyGram and Capitol Records, she would go on to publish “The Garth Factor,” on the rising success of Garth Brooks. Pat Benatar would also mention Patsi on the Oprah Winfrey Show while promoting her book.
Those that met Patsi, like me, knew that she was one of a kind. She was full of spunk but valued her friendships alongside her family. Friends both in and out of Nashville will remember Patsi Bale Cox for her wit and wisdom, along with determination to get things done. In fact, she was working on a biography with Kenny Rogers at the time of her passing.
The history of country music will be harder to write without Patsi Bale Cox. However, she gave the importance of keeping the memories alive and for the music community; her memory will be kept alive.
Patsi Bale Cox Book Collection:
Georgette Jones: The Three of Us: Growing Up with Tammy and George
Wynonna: Coming Home to Myself
Loretta Lynn: Still Woman Enough: A Memoir
Garth Brooks: Garth Factor: The Career Behind Country’s Big Boom
Tony Orlando: Halfway to Paradise
Ralph Emery: 50 Years Down a Country Road
Ralph Emery: The View From Nashville
Jenny Jones: My Story
Tanya Tucker: Nickel Dreams: My Life
Pat Benatar: Between a Heart and a Rock Place: A Memoir
Jessica Bray is the owner and founder of Kentucky Country Music website. The Berea College graduate has been a music journalist and historian for over 20 years. She enjoys providing concert photography, reviews, historical articles, red carpet event coverage, and exclusive interviews of your favorite musicians. Jessica is proud to be a Kentucky Colonel and alumni of the FFA and 4-H Clubs. In 2018, she was named one of Laurel County’s Ten Under 40 Award Recipients. In 2019, she was a member of the Inaugural class of BRIGHT Kentucky as part of Leadership Kentucky. She has been featured on the Kentucky Music Preview podcast, Overtones radio show, WFKY Nashville News Roundup, KET, and more. Beyond music, she enjoys traveling, helping her community, collecting gnomes, and Volkswagens.