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Cal Smith

by Cal Smith

Cal Smith signed with First Generation Records on April 1, 1981. And by April 21, he and producer Pete Drake were in the studio recording this album. This collection of hits not only features Cal Smith classics such as: "Country Bumpkin", "The Lord Knows I'm Drinking", and "It's Time to Pay the Fiddler." It also features previously unreleased material written by some of Nashville's finest songwriters. Legendary steel guitarist Jimmy Day and co-writer Barbara Day wrote "Bring Me My Memories in Person". Then there's "Arizona Whiz," penned by two songwriting giants, Harlan Sanders and Max D. Barnes. This collection also features the previously unreleased "The North Won the War Again Last Night" written by Aaron Wilbur.
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1. Arizona Whiz
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2. Together Alone
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3. You Should See Me Now
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4. Bring Me My Memories in Person
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5. The Lord Knows I'm Drinking
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6. I've Found Someone of My Own
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7. Drinking Champagne
2:40 $1.29
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8. The North Won the War Again Last Night
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9. Country Bumpkin
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10. It's Time to Pay the Fiddler
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Cal Smith signed with First Generation Records on April 1, 1981. And by April 21, he and producer Pete Drake were in the studio recording this album. This collection of hits not only features Cal Smith classics such as: "Country Bumpkin", "The Lord Knows I'm Drinking", and "It's Time to Pay the Fiddler." It also features previously unreleased material written by some of Nashville's finest songwriters. Legendary steel guitarist Jimmy Day and co-writer Barbara Day wrote "Bring Me My Memories in Person". Then there's "Arizona Whiz," penned by two songwriting giants, Harlan Sanders and Max D. Barnes. This collection also features the previously unreleased "The North Won the War Again Last Night" written by Aaron Wilbur. Singer Cal Smith emerged from Ernest Tubb's band. His best-known song was the sentimental "Country Bumpkin," but his gritty baritone voice was equally suited to more acid material such as "The Lord Knows I'm Drinking," a sharp denunciation of small-town religious self-righteousness. Smith was born Calvin Grant Shofner in Oklahoma but grew up in the San Francisco Bay area. A guitar player since childhood, he spent time with rodeo performers as a teen and began to think about a show-business career.

It was a long time before Smith could make a living playing music, however, and he did jobs ranging from truck driver to bronco buster during the 1950s.

Smith appeared on the California Hayride television program soon after its inception in the mid-'50s. He did a two-year stint in the military and returned to the Bay Area after his discharge, working as a DJ at San Jose radio station KEEN and performing around the area in a band whose membership included Bill Drake, the brother of one of Ernest Tubb's Texas Troubadors, Jack Drake . Tubb heard him play and following an audition hired him as a rhythm guitarist and MC in 1961. Several of Tubb's '60s hits feature Smith's playing. Tubb helped him land his first solo recording contract with Kapp Records in 1966. When "Drinking Champagne" (1968) cracked the Top 40, Smith left Tubb to focus on his own career. In late 1970 Smith signed with Decca and in 1972 made it to the Top Five with what might be called the anti-sentimental breakup song "I've Found Someone of My Own," and a few months later he scored his first number one hit with the Bill Anderson composition "The Lord Knows I'm Drinking," which also crossed over to become a minor pop hit. In 1974 he scored his second number one hit with "Country Bumpkin," a Don Wayne-penned tune that became Smith's signature song and a radio staple for years to come, and later that year he had his third number one, "It's Time to Pay the Fiddler." He continued appearing on the charts through 1979, switching to the MCA label for such releases as "The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire." After the main phase of his recording career ended, Smith became an investor in the Nashville Sounds minor-league baseball team.
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