The King of Ragtime- Part 2

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!

They packed the house!

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.

We got to be in the choir

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!

Adam Swanson & Johnny Maddox

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.

Danny Coots on the drums

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 🙂 )

Little Grass Shack and Cocoanut Grove recorded by Johnny Maddox and the Rhythmasters

Here are some other pictures from the evening…


Anne & Henry


Sara Beth


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