A couple of weeks ago I did a post on Johnny Maddox, the King of Ragtime. He is in town and decided to put on a show for the city of Gallatin. It was the first time he had performed her in 60 years. When I had visited with him he told me he wanted to “pack the house!”…Well, he did just that!
We got there about 10 minutes before the show was supposed to start and there was not a seat left. They decided to put us in the choir section on stage. The choir only sang one hymn that Johnny had written.
Adam Swanson was in town to visit Johnny and to perform with him. Adam is one of the world’s foremost performers and historians of ragtime and has been greatly influenced by Johnny Maddox. He is so talented and fun to watch!
Danny Coots also joined them for some songs and was one of the most talented drummers I have ever seen. Adam Swanson, Danny Coots and Ian Whitcomb have a CD they have recorded called I Love A Piano. I would recommend checking out.
A few nights before the show, Zach was going through our records and found one of Johnny Maddox’s. We didn’t even know we had it! We took it with us for him to sign.
Johnny’s nickname is the Crazy Otto and the Grateful Dead reference him in their song “Ramble on Rose.” (Of course I love that 🙂 )
Here are some other pictures from the evening…