Ricky Cox

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  • Historian
  • Educator
  • Folklorist
  • Musician

Ricky Cox is a historian, educator, folklorist, and musician in the United States.[1] He taught at Radford University[2] and is now retired.[2] He received the inaugural Appalachian studies teaching award from the Appalachian Studies Association.[3] He co-authored The Water Powered Mills of Floyd County, Virginia and co-edited A Handbook on Appalachia.[4]

Cox said his mother had 10 sisters who were all singers and that he thought "even their sewing machines were singers."[4]

Cox has lived in Floyd County, Virginia.[5] He performed at a Mary Draper Ingles remembrance event at the Wilderness Road Regional Museum in 2019.[6] He reviewed University of Tennessee librarian Richard Saunders' book on Harry Harrison Kroll.[7] He studied at Radford University.[8]

Cox was a contributing part of the 1987 Appalachian Studies Conference.[9] He has written articles for the Journal of Appalachian Studies[10]


  • The Water-Powered Mills of Floyd County, co-author with Frank Webb[11]
  • A Handbook to Appalachia: An Introduction to the Region, co-editor (2006)[12]
  • Appalachia in the Classroom, contributor[13]
  • Encyclopedia of Appalachia, contributor[14]
  • The Poetics of Appalachian Space, contributor[15]


  1. "Appalachian Stories & Songs w/ Ricky Cox". Visit Floyd Virginia.
  2. 2.0 2.1 https://www.radford.edu/content/radford-magazine/home/fall-2020/features/highlanders-rise/cox.html
  3. https://www.radford.edu/content/radfordcore/home/news/releases/2014/april/ru-professor-honored-with-inaugural-appalachian-studies-teaching.html
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Appalachian Folk Songs with Ricky Cox". November 17, 2014.
  5. "Story and Song Event with Ricky Cox & Friends - The Floyd Country Store".
  6. "Events - Wilderness Road Regional Museum". www.wildernessroadregionalmuseum.com.
  7. Cox, Ricky (November 7, 2012). "Never Been Rich: The Life and Work of a Southern Ruralist Writer, Harry Harrison Kroll (review)". West Virginia History: A Journal of Regional Studies. 6 (2): 91–92. doi:10.1353/wvh.2012.0020 – via Project MUSE.
  8. "Contributors In This Issue". Appalachian Heritage. 14 (4): 79–80. October 22, 1986. doi:10.1353/aph.1986.0044 – via Project MUSE.
  9. "Remembrance, Reunion, and Revival | Helen Roseberry". University of North Carolina Press.
  10. "Journal of the Appalachian Studies Association | Parks Lanier Jr". University of North Carolina Press.
  11. "Ricky Cox to give lecture on the water-powered mills of Floyd County | New River Valley | roanoke.com". roanoke.com.
  12. Edwards, Grace Toney; Asbury, Joann Aust; Cox, Ricky L. (2006). A Handbook to Appalachia: An Introduction to the Region. ISBN 9781572334595.
  13. "Appalachia in the Classroom: Teaching the Region". Ohio University Press • Swallow Press.
  14. http://appalachianstudies.org/policies/radford-university-resolution.pdf
  15. "Table of Contents: The Poetics of Appalachian space /". library.villanova.edu.

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