JOHNNY REVIEWED IN BRITISH MOJO MAGAZINE
by Mac Randall
Johnny reviewed in British Mojo magazine
W.C. Handy once called Johnny Maddox “the white boy with the coloured fingers”. In the 50’s, Maddox, a fearsomely skilled ragtime pianist from Gallatin, Tennessee, rode those fingers to success, selling over 11 million records and winning a star on Hollywood Boulevard. Originally released on Dot, Dixieland Blues is Maddox only jazz album, featuring a traditional New Orleans-style band packed with illustrious players, including tuba virtuoso Red Callender and ex-Benny Goodman drummer, Nick Fatool. Despite the title, it’s not an all-blues record, but it is a joyous romp through America’s back catalouge, including several selections by the aforementioned Handy, and Maddox pounds the keys with Jerry Lee-like intensity. Now, 77, he’s going strong; the disc also features a late ‘70’s video of him performing through Friday Night Stomp in picture perfect honky-tonk surroundings.