Dirty Linen - 2-3/96, p.83
"the California family group that was called America's most colorful hillbilly band when it operated from the late 30s to the mid-50s....The instrumental mix of one of the most raucous country bands features fiddle, bass, mandolin, electric and steel guitar..."
The Maddox Brothers & Rose: Cal Maddox (vocals, guitar, harmonica); Fred Maddox (vocals, bass); Rose Maddox, Mrs. Lulu Maddox (vocals); Cliff Maddox (mandolin); Henry Maddox (guitar, mandolin).
Additional personnel: Jimmy Winkle (guitar); Bob Duncan (steel guitar).
Recorded between 1947 & 1951. Includes liner notes by Jonny Whiteside.
Culled from sessions dating from 1947 to 1951, the 30 songs on AMERICA'S MOST COLORFUL HILLBILLY BAND VOL. 2 present the band's golden period making it a great introduction, as well as a satisfying listen for longtime enthusiasts. The phrase "hillbilly music" could have been invented to describe the Maddox Brothers & Rose. All the hallmarks are here: folksy idioms, family harmonies, instruments fighting for room to solo, breakneck (for the era) tempos, and backing musicians that holler loudly and often, as if trying to bait the audience into having more fun than they are. The latter is the band's calling card and decades later the performances on this collection still crackle. The group pushes the tempo of each number, suggesting that they were only playing "hillbilly music" because rock & roll had not yet been invented.