This Is Rose Maddox

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Rose Maddox began her long career in 1937 and essentially never stopped singing until her death in 1998, constantly touring and charming audiences with a voice that could swing from sad, solemn and reverent to boisterous and lusty as a song demanded. Her peak years were in the '40s and '50s when she was a part of the Maddox Brothers & Rose, a family group that was alternative country decades before the term had any real meaning, mixing a blend of honky tonk, hillbilly and nascent rockabilly into a rousing stew of pure American energy. In later years she gravitated more to pure bluegrass, but her exuberant honky tonk attitude was always present in everything she did. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Rose Maddox began her long career in 1937 and essentially never stopped singing until her death in 1998, constantly touring and charming audiences with a voice that could swing from sad, solemn and reverent to boisterous and lusty as a song demanded. Her peak years were in the '40s and '50s when she was a part of the Maddox Brothers & Rose, a family group that was alternative country decades before the term had any real meaning, mixing a blend of honky tonk, hillbilly and nascent rockabilly into a rousing stew of pure American energy. In later years she gravitated more to pure bluegrass, but her exuberant honky tonk attitude was always present in everything she did. This set was recorded on September 20 and 21, 1980 with the Vern Williams Band the LP was released a year later on Arhoolie Records, and that attitude and verve is everywhere apparent. This is bluegrass, yes, but it is bluegrass music that hasn't divorced itself from straight hillbilly country, and Maddox makes Woody Guthrie's "Philadelphia Lawyer," Merle Travis' "Dark as a Dungeon" and genre standards like "Rocky Top" sound just a little beer-soaked in the best sense and it is impossible to ignore the sheer joy she gets from singing these songs. Her signature piece, "Sally Let Your Bangs Hang Down," which she must have sung thousands of times, sounds here like she had just discovered the song, and it races forward with a wonderfully fresh and ragged feel. The kinetic ballad "Ashes of Love" is another clear highlight. Her work as part of the Maddox Brothers & Rose is still the place to start, but this set proves that she never stooped to simply doing bluegrass-by-the-numbers.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/26/2007
  • Label: Arhoolie Records
  • UPC: 096297906224
  • Catalog Number: 9062
  • Sales rank: 161,806

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Philadelphia Lawyer - Vern Williams Band (2:39)
  2. 2 Let Those Brown Eyes Smile at Me - Vern Williams Band (2:54)
  3. 3 Old Black Choo Choo - Vern Williams Band (3:05)
  4. 4 Single Girl - Vern Williams Band (2:12)
  5. 5 Dark as a Dungeon - Vern Williams Band (4:10)
  6. 6 This Old House - Vern Williams Band (2:46)
  7. 7 Sally Let Your Bangs Hang Down - Vern Williams Band (2:41)
  8. 8 Rusty Old Halo - Vern Williams Band (2:26)
  9. 9 Dream of the Miner's Child - Vern Williams Band (3:06)
  10. 10 Ashes of Love - Vern Williams Band (2:06)
  11. 11 Silver Threads and Golden Needles - Vern Williams Band (1:57)
  12. 12 Foggy Mountain Top - Vern Williams Band (3:19)
  13. 13 Amazing Grace - Vern Williams Band (5:12)
  14. 14 Rocky Top - Vern Williams Band (2:59)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rose Maddox Primary Artist, Vocals
Ray Park Fiddle
Vern Williams Mandolin, Vocals, Indexed Contributor
Kraig Hutchens Electric Guitar
Keith Little Banjo, Vocals
J.D. Rhynes Bass
Delbert Williams Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Merle Travis Composer
Woody Guthrie Composer
Stuart Hamblen Composer
Johnnie Wright Composer
Felice Bryant Composer
Rose Maddox Arranger, Composer, Producer
Dick Reynolds Composer
Bob Shumaker Engineer
Chris Strachwitz Producer, Liner Notes
Craig Street Cover Photo
Jack Anglin Composer
Jim Anglin Composer
Wayne Pope Art Direction
Jack Rhodes Composer
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