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Jim Smoak

Jim Smoak learned to play the banjo from his mother, father and grandfather while growing up on a farm at Round O, South Carolina. He first heard "three finger" style playing by listening to Snuffy Jenkins on WIS radio at Columbia, South Carolina. His first job at age 18 was on WROL radio in Knoxville, Tennessee. Two months later, he was offered a job by Bill Monroe. He went on to work in Nashville with Little Jimmy Dickens and Hylo Brown. In 1961 he made two albums with his newly formed group, the Louisiana Honeydrippers. In 1963, he helped organize the folk group, The Cumberlands. Leaving the Cumberlands after ten years, Jim began teaching banjo and guitar in the Louisville, Kentucky area, where he also formed the Mountain Dew Hillbillies. The Hillbillies played in Bardstown, Kentucky for twenty one years, entertaining travelers from all over the country with their style of bluegrass music.
Jim recorded with Bill Monroe on Decca Records; with Arthur "guitar boogie" Smith on MGM Records and with Hylo Brown on Capitol Records. He has recorded under his own name for Folk Lyric; Prestige International; Arhoolie Records; Blue River Records, Coppercreek Records and Round O Records. This latest recording, Smoak House Jam, is part of a larger collection made for the Appalachian Sound Archives at Berea Collage at Berea, Kentucky.