Fire on the Strings [Bonus Tracks]

Fire on the Strings [Bonus Tracks]

by Joe Maphis

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Fire on the Strings [Bonus Tracks]

He may not be quite as well known as the most famous country pickers of the mid-20th century, but for virtuosity and especially sheer speed, Joe Maphis could hold his own with the best guitarists in the genre. It may be that his best accomplishments were as a session man, but he did do some recording on his own that showed his skills to good advantage. His 1957 instrumental album Fire on the Strings catches him at his peak, and features a good amount of his mandolin as well as his guitar on full-band performances also featuring bass, drums, fiddle, and steel guitar. If there's any criticism, it's that the songs -- about half of them written by Maphis, though there's also outside material by the likes of Earl Scruggs and A.P. Carter -- are just OK country swing numbers, serving primarily as vehicles for Maphis' blindingly fast playing. The 2010 U.K. CD reissue on T-Bird adds historical liner notes and seven worthwhile bonus tracks from 1958 and 1959, especially the four from the 1958 album he did with young rockabilly phenom Larry Collins, Swinging Strings. As you'd expect, these have more of a rockabilly feel, though they're not as all-out rockabilly as the smoking sides Collins did with his sister as part of the Collins Kids. Maphis goes deeper into rock & roll on the two tracks from a 1959 single, "Short Recess" and "Moonshot," and there's also a cut from the 1959 album Hi-Fi Holiday for Banjo.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/20/2010
Label: T-Bird
UPC: 5013929881563
catalogNumber: 15

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Joe Maphis   Primary Artist,Guitar,Mandolin,Leader
Skeets McDonald   Bass
Larry Collins   Guitar
Rose Lee Maphis   Guitar
Johnny Bond   Guitar
Wesley Tuttle   Guitar
Fiddlin' Kate Warren   Fiddle
Clarence "Bud" Dooley   Bass
Jimmy Pruett   Piano
Marion Z. "Pee Wee" Adams   Drums
William H. "Billy" Hill   Fiddle
Herbert L. "Cousin Herb" Henson   Guitar
Leon M. Silby   Banjo,Guitar
Marian Hall   Steel Guitar

Technical Credits

Earl Scruggs   Composer
Joe Maphis   Composer
A.P. Carter   Composer
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Alex de Paola   Cover Photo
Chris Musto   Repackaging Design
Malcolm Dome   Liner Notes
Traditional   Composer
L. Collins   Composer

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