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Can you talk about Country Music without mentioning Joe Maphis ??? For years, he's been dubbed 'King Of The Strings' and although quite a few others would deserve the same distinction, there's no arguing that Joe was - and forever remains - one of the most talented guitar players ever and one whose style can be identified at all times, that may be the quintessential quality of a great musician.

Joe Maphis was one of country's first flash guitarists, able to fire notes machine-gun style from his custom-built doubleneck electric guitar. His twangy tone and dazzling cascades of notes had far-reaching implications, and surf guitarists including Dick Dale considered him as a major influence. Rockabilly revivalists like Deke Dickerson and others have used Joe's playing as a beacon of inspiration, and with good reason. Rockabilly guitar legend Larry Collins of the Collins Kids, another influential guitarist, was one of Joe's musical proteges.

As a Virginia teenager, Joe drank in Maybelle Carter's guitar work, learned mandolin, bass fiddleand banjo as well and became one of the first guitarists anywhere to flatpick fiddle tunes on guitar. In addition he recorded both vocals (with his wife Rose Lee Maphis) and instrumentals for Columbia from 1953 through 1960. Hollywood producers who saw him perform as a member of the cast of the Southern California country TV show Town Hall Party in the 1950s hired him to play all types of recording sessions. Joe played on Ricky Nelson's first Imperial album with James Burton and on hits like Be Bop Baby and Waitin' In School. His guitar graced the soundtracks to the classic Robert Mitchum moonshine movie Thunder Road, as well as God's Little Acre and others. His Columbia instrumentals were never hits, most were only available on the rare 1957 Fire On The Strings LP.

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Joe Maphis Joe Maphis - Fire On The Strings
Fire On The Strings
1957
Joe Maphis Joe Maphis - King Of The Strings
King Of The Strings
1962
Joe and Rose Lee... Joe and Rose Lee Maphis - Mr. & Mrs. Country Music
Mr. & Mrs. Country...
1964
Joe Maphis Joe Maphis - Golden Gospel Guitar
Golden Gospel Guitar
1965
Joe Maphis Joe Maphis - The New Sound Of Joe Maphis
The New Sound Of...
1965
Joe Maphis Joe Maphis - Country Guitar Goes On The Jimmy Dean Show
Country Guitar Goes ...
1966
Joe Maphis Joe Maphis - King of the Strings `66
King of the Strings ...
1966


Joe Maphis with... Joe Maphis with Rose, Lee & Dale - Dim Lights, Thick Smoke
Dim Lights, Thick...
1978
Joe Maphis Joe Maphis - Gospel Guitar
Gospel Guitar
1968
Joe Maphis Joe Maphis - Square Dance Boogie
Square Dance Boogie
Joe and Rose Lee... Joe and Rose Lee Maphis - Ridin` The Frets
Ridin' The Frets
Larry Collins & Joe ... Larry Collins & Joe Maphis - Rockin` Rollin`
Rockin' Rollin'
Joe Maphis Joe Maphis - Tracks
Tracks




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