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Bartees Leon Cox Jr., known by his stage name Bartees Strange, is an English-born American musician. Cox was born in Ipswich, England, raised in Mustang, Oklahoma, but is now based in Washington D.C..
Cox has been an active musician throughout the 2010s, notably as a member of Brooklyn-based post-hardcore band Stay Inside from 2016 to 2018. In late 2017, Cox released his first solo effort, the acoustic folk EP "Magic Boy" under the name Bartees & The Strange Fruit.
In March 2020, Cox released an EP of songs by The National that were re-imagined by him, titled Say Goodbye to Pretty Boy and released on Brassland. Cox was named an Artist To Watch by Stereogum in September 2020 and released his first full-length album on October 2, 2020 titled Live Forever. The album is a mix of hip hop, indie rock, and jazz music. The album received universal acclaim from reviews.