Across The Blue Ridge - Episode 11 (Rose Maddox, country music pioneer)

Across The Blue Ridge - Episode 11 (Rose Maddox, country music pioneer)

6:31pm Mar 12, 2016
Rose Maddox was a pioneering woman in country music – the only woman in “America’s most colorful hillbilly band”, as The Maddox Brothers & Rose billed themselves.
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Once again we highlight women in country, traditional and bluegrass music as Women’s History Month continues.  This week we’ll hear a great selection of women pickers and singers including Emily Spencer, rising star Dori Freeman – and Rose Maddox, who migrated west from Alabama as a kid in the 1930s with her family in search of a better life. Starting out as “fruit tramps”, picking fruit, vegetables and cotton in California, the Maddoxes pushed their way onto radio and into the music business. The Maddox Brothers and Rose never became superstars.  But they were very popular, especially in the West, and they played a big role in helping drive the evolution of so-called “hillbilly” music to R&B, rock and roll, and bluegrass.  We’ll hear the story, plus lots and lots of energetic, unforgettable music including classic radio performances from the 1940s.

Episode 11 Playlist

  1. Theme: On the Move – Jason Carter
    Album: On the Move  Label: Rounder  Release year: 1997
     
  2. Little Liza Jane – Emily Spencer & Kyle Creed
    Album: Liberty  Label: Heritage  Release year: 2009
     
  3. Lafayette – Crooked Road Ramblers
    Album: Lost Train Blues  Label: independent  Release year:  2010
     
  4. Any Wonder – Dori Freeman
    Album: Dori Freeman  Label: Freedirt Records  Release year: 2016
     
  5. I Fall to Pieces – Patsy Cline
    Album: Patsy Cline The Ultimate Collection Vol. 1  Label: Hip-O Records  Release year: 2000
     
  6. My Once True Love – Alice Gerrard
    Album: Bittersweet  Label: Spruce and Maple Music  Release year: 2013
     
  7. Nobody’s Love Is Like Mine – Maddox Brothers & Rose
    Album: Maddox Brothers & Rose On The Air  Label: Arhoolie  Release year: 2000
     
  8. BREAK 1: Texas Guitar Stomp – Maddox Brothers & Rose
    Album:  Maddox Brothers & Rose  Vol. 2  Label: Arhoolie  Release year:  2011
     
  9. Interview: Fred & Rose Maddox
    Album:  50 Years of Country Music with Rose & Fred Maddox  Label: Arhoolie  Release year: 1987
     
  10. Walking In My Sleep – Maddox Brothers & Rose   
    Album: Maddox Brothers & Rose On The Air  Label: Arhoolie  Release year:  2000
     
  11. Introduction & The Gold Rush Is Over
    Album: Maddox Brothers & Rose On The Air  Label: Arhoolie  Release year: 2000
     
  12. Mean And Wicked Boogie
    Album: Maddox Brothers & Rose Vol. 1  Label: Arhoolie  Release year:  2000
     
  13. Eight Thirty Blues – Maddox Brothers & Rose
    Album:  Maddox Brothers & Rose Vol. 2  Label:  Arhoolie  Release year:  2011
     
  14. New Step It Up & Go – Maddox Brothers & Rose
    Album:  Maddox Brothers & Rose Vol. 1  Label:  Arhoolie  Release year:  2000
     
  15. BREAK 2  Milk Cow Blues
    Album: Maddox Brothers & Rose Vol. 1  Label: Arhoolie  Release year: 2000
     
  16. Gathering Flowers For The Master’s Bouquet
    Album:  Maddox Brothers  & Rose On The Air  Label: Arhoolie  Release year:  2000
     
  17. I Couldn’t Believe It Was True
    Album: Maddox Brothers  & Rose On The Air  Label: Arhoolie  Release year: 2000
     
  18. Blue Moon of Kentucky – Rose Maddox
    Album:  Rose Maddox Sings Bluegrass  Label: Capitol  Release year:  1996
     
  19. The Old Crossroads is Waitin’ – Rose Maddox
    Album: Rose Maddox Sings Bluegrass  Label: Arhoolie  Release year: 1996
     
  20. Interview: Tom Sauber
    Source: Across the Blue Ridge field recording  Year: 2015
     
  21. Water Baby Boogie – Maddox Brothers & Rose      
    Album:  Maddox Brothers & Rose Vol. 1  Label: Arhoolie  Release year: 2000