on December 6, 2014
The Maddox Brothers and Rose have long been referred to as "America's Most Colorfully Hillbilly Band"....an more apt title now might be something like "America's most VERSATILE Hillbilly Band". One run through this collection makes it abundantly clear that they had mastered a bunch of vintage country styles, especially Rockabilly and hillbilly boogie. However, when you look at the recording dates you see that they were doing this stuff either before or after everyone else was. No other act really during that time period excelled at as many variety of styles as they did....sort of a country equivalent of Billy Haley and the Comments. Like Bill nearly everything they cut was intended to be FUN. You won't find any of the cry in your beer music here as nearly every track here is bopin'.. It's not hard to imagine this ensemble being the kings (and queen) of the dance halls as so many country histories claim....a truly unique entry into the country cannon.