Arthur Smith

There are more artists with this name; #1 Fiddlin' Arthur Smith (April 10, 1898 - February 28, 1971) was an American old time fiddler and a big influence on the old time and bluegrass music genres. #2 Arthur Guitar Boogie Smith (April 1, 1921 - April 3, 2014) was an American country music instrumental composer, guitarist, fiddler, and banjo player who had a major hit with the instrumental Guitar Boogie. The song earned him the moniker Arthur Guitar Boogie Smith (to differentiate him from Tennessee fiddler and 1930s Grand Ole Opry star Fiddlin' Arthur Smith). Arthur Guitar Boogie Smith composed the banjo instrumental Feudin' Banjos. #1 Fiddlin' Arthur Smith was born and raised on a farm near Bold Springs, Tennessee. He learned to play the fiddle at an early age, his first influence being the fiddlers Grady Stringer and Walter Warden. He married in 1914 at the age of sixteen. Initially he began performing at local dances and fiddlers' conventions. He teamed up with his wife Nettie, his cousin Homer Smith and fiddler Floyd Ethredge. In 1921, Smith began working as a logger and a linesman for a railroad company in Dickson, Tennessee. In his work he had to make extensive travels and that enabled him to meet other musicians along the way. He attended several fiddle contests across Tennessee winning the bulk of them. Smith made his solo debut as a fiddler on the Grand Ole Opry on December 23, 1927. He was made a member of The Opry in the 1920s. Within weeks he was accompanied by...

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