Joe Maphis - Flat Picking Spectacular - MP3
Release Date: 3/10/2023
Joe Maphis was dubbed the "King of Strings" since he knew how to handle a variety of instruments, and even played a double-necked guitar with speed and accuracy. Later, Joe and his wife, Rose Lee Maphis, would earn the title of "Mr. and Mrs. Country Music." Joe was the first known player to flat pick fiddle tunes at a time when chord accompany was standard for a guitar player. Joe’s talents would bring him to radio stations, television and even film scores throughout his career.
The second release of our remastered classics, Flat-Picking Spectacular, features the “King of Strings” himself. This first-time digital release features Joe on guitar, fiddle and 4-string banjo along with special guests Merle Travis, Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith, Zen Cook and Johnny Gimble. These legendary artists tackle a number of folk, bluegrass and fiddle tunes with the speed and accuracy you can expect from decades of hard work. The tracks "Memories of Maybelle" and "Carter Country" are nods to Joe’s hero, Mother Maybelle Carter. The long track list even includes extended renditions of "Irish Washerwoman" and "Sailor’s Hornpipe," and many will recognize the tune of "Cripple Creek," "Duelin’ Banjos" and "Riders in the Sky.” These energetic and eclectic songs have been remastered from our archive and are available for streaming on all digital platforms.