Listen: Billie Maxwell and the Maxwell Family Orchestra

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Billie Maxwell: The first cowgirl singer. And she's from Arizona.
This week's feature is on the very first recorded music made by someone from the state of Arizona.

The music of Billie Maxwell and her family comes from eastern Arizona's White Mountains and was put on wax in the late 1920s. Maxwell wasn't only the first Arizonan to record music, but she may be the very first woman to ever record country music.

Reading our story about Maxwell will tell you a lot, but to truly understand Maxwell's music you have to hear her sing. Listen below and you'll no doubt be blown away by just how beautiful, unique, and haunting the music she made was.

Here are four tracks recorded by Maxwell and four more tracks featuring her playing along with her family's band.  All were recorded for the Victor label in 1929 after a harrowing trip down from the mountains and through the desert to El Paso, Texas.

"Cowboy's Wife" by Billie Maxwell by Sarah Ventre

"Haunted Hunter" by Billie Maxwell by Sarah Ventre

"Billy Venero, Pt. 1" by Billie Maxwell by Sarah Ventre

"Billy Venero, Pt. 2" by Billie Maxwell by Sarah Ventre

"Gooson Quadrille" by the White Mountain Orchestra by Sarah Ventre

"Escudilla Waltz" by the White Mountain Orchestra by Sarah Ventre

White Mountain Orchestra Instrumental by Sarah Ventre

White Mountain Orchestra Instrumental 2 by Sarah Ventre


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gwenandroger81
gwenandroger81

Billie a distant aunt  would love to know if the words to her songs are available.  My father was also a very good singer as well as his dad and brother.  He was good friends with several Country Western Singers from Bakersfield Calif.  I was already married at the time so didn't meet any of them but my brother did.  any way was always interested in Billie and her career.  I love to write poetry and wrote a haunting poem about Willie Maxwell who was killed by outlaws will defending his two younger brothers and a wounded Ranger.  So the words to her songs would mean a lot to me as part of the family histories i  am collecting for my family.


Chrislarue
Chrislarue

billie maxwell is my great great aunt

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AZ muzik fan
AZ muzik fan

Great tunes. Sounds like she taught Marty Robbins a few things... Keep going Johnny. Keep following your passion. Glad to hear you're still in the hunt.

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Car TVs

Though I am not fond of listening to an orchestra, but I like the audio clips. I enjoy listening to that instrumental orchestra. The music is soothing to the ear of the listeners.

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