The Maddox Brothers and Rose

Paul Brown continues the weekly series "Honky Tonks, Hymns, and the Blues," with a profile of the Maddox Brothers and Rose, a group that influenced the sound and showmanship of country and western music during the 1940s and '50s. The Maddox family migrated from Alabama to California in the 1930s, picked cotton and fruit crops up and down the West Coast, and performed at migrant labor camps. Their sound was an early model for Rockabilly music.

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