Dark as a Dungeon: Maddox Brothers and Rose

Okay, I admit I am a fan of hillbilly music.

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4 Comments on “Dark as a Dungeon: Maddox Brothers and Rose”

  1. Spaceman Says:

    You featuring Alabama borne folks lately. Have a couple dozen Maddox Brothers and Rose tunes in my gospel collection.

    • katry Says:

      I can’t tell you where or when I first heard the music, but it stuck with me. I am also a huge Rockabilly fan.

  2. 61cqr Says:

    Excellent!! Hadn’t heard this version.
    Here’s the guy who wrote the song:
    and here’s Johnny Cash (song starts about 1 minute in):
    Or – here’s a real treat – are you familiar with Charlie Louvin?:

    • katry Says:


      All these are excellent. My favorite is the Charlie Louvin but following on his heels is Merle Travis. I did like the Cash but not as much as the other two.

      I have only heard Louvin with his brother before this song. I didn’t realize how fine a voice he has.

      The description by Merle of mining life and black death gives the song even more sadness, but men needed to work and the mine were there.

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