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Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith's attraction to hillbilly novelty songs obscures to some degree his world-class guitar playing, which is really as much jazz as it is traditional country. This guy can absolutely smoke on guitar (he's a fair fiddler, too), and when one strips away the Hee Haw sensibilities, an extremely versatile musician is revealed, a man who could pen "Red Headed Stranger" on the one hand and, with Don Reno, craft "Duelin' Banjos" on the other. This set, the third from Jasmine Records to dive into his prolific recorded output, features more vocal pieces than the previous two releases, but luckily also spotlights several instrumental sides like "Blue Boogie" and "Chicken Strut" that truly allow Smith's amazing guitar playing to shine.


Born: 01 April 1921 in Clinton, SC

Genre: Country

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s

A link between the Western swing of the 1940s and the rockabilly of the 1950s, Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith was one of country music's seminal figures. In addition to inspiring several generations of country musicians via his regional television program The Arthur Smith Show, which aired from 1951 to 1982 and was the first syndicated country music show, Smith wrote and recorded some of country music's most influential tunes. His fiery instrumental "Guitar Boogie," recorded with the Tennessee Ramblers,...
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