#HONKYTONK: Los Angeles-based @cmhrecords is digging into their storied vaults and reissuing several of their classic #bluegrass titles in digital format for the first-time ever including Dim Lights, Thick Smoke from Joe Maphis with Rose Lee & Dale. Dubbed one of the flashiest country guitarists of the 1950s and 1960s, capable of playing numerous stringed instruments with great facility, Joe Maphis was known as The King of the Strings. His hit song "Dim Lights, Thick Smoke (And Loud, Loud Music)," co-written with his wife Rose Lee and Max Fidler, has become a honky-tonk standard with countless artists recording versions of the tune, including Flatt & Scruggs, #DwightYoakam, John Prine, Marty Stuart, Vern Gosdin, and Daryle Singletary, among others. Joe and Rose Lee often collaborated, and their son Dale is also featured on this album of the same name, Dim Lights, Thick Smoke, in keeping with Maphis' tradition of making his records a family affair. It's no surprise that Maphis was also close with the Carter family ( and #JohnnyCash ), and this album features the song "Mother Maybelle," written in honor of the family matriarch, Maybelle Carter.
#americana #bluegrassmusic #countrymusic #folkmusic #pickin #albumrelease #reissue #classiccountry #classicmusic #classiccountrymusic