Known for his excellent and prolific song-writing and a fondness for alcohol, Arthur Q Smith, who spent most of his life in Knoxville, Tennessee, was an enigmatic character known to only a few. All of what we know about Smith (born James Pritchett, in Griffin, Georgia) will be shared at a CD launch party to be held on Friday, December 9 at the Black Box Theatre, Emporium Building, in Knoxville, starting at 6:00 p.m.
Arthur Q Smith: The Trouble with the Truth (Bear Family Records BCD 17436) showcases some of the songs that Smith wrote as sung by those who recorded them way back when; such as Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys (How Will I Explain About You?), Reno and Smiley (I Wouldn’t Change You If I Could), Red Allen and the Osborne Brothers (Wild Mountain Honey), Carl Story and his Rambling Mountaineers (Every Time Somebody Calls Your Name), the Stanley Brothers (Next Sunday Darling Is My Birthday), and a slew from country music stars of the day; I Overlooked an Orchid (While Searching for a Rose), Wedding Bells, Rainbow At Midnight, If Teardrops Were Pennies and A Ribbon and a Rose.
Additionally, there are 15 recordings by Smith himself.
Accompanying the two CDs is a 124-page book written by Knoxville journalist Wayne Bledsoe and historian Bradley Reeves.
At the release party will be music by Jesse McReynolds, Barstool Romeos, Larry Odom, Jack Cate, Nancy Brennan Strange and Steve Horton, and there will a showing of rare films and a book/CD signing session with the authors.
So, if you are in the area why not make an early evening date at the Black Box Theatre, Gay Street, Knoxville.
For all, but particularly those who can’t attend the launch party, is a video courtesy of Bear Family Records
Look for an extended story / review of Arthur Q Smith: The Trouble with the Truth in the new future.