Song: Sea Anemone 

Yes! Sea Anemone is one of my songs on my new CD, Jim Smoak--At The Depot. And Would you know it, one of my old friends from New Orleans, Louisiana sent to me a beautiful print (about 28" by 36") titled “Mini Anemone”. Thank you Mr. Winder Lyons.

This Heart Of Mine 

If I've never said so, I'd like to give a thanks to Billy Strings for using my song, “This Heart of Mine” in so many of his performances.

No Easy Kind of Blues 

Well, here comes a song: “No Easy Kind of Blues”. Ready for you to download January 4.2024.  Jim Smoak

Music and Fun for Everyone 

The Depot Museum was a hoping place on Saturday, December 2. Mike Cleveland (fiddle and mandolin) joined us again this year. Brian Allen on guitar; Rob Whitmer on bass fiddle; Johanna Rippey some vocals and yours truly banjo and vocalls.

Sure was glad to see Pete Webb back this year after having to miss last year

Christmas at the Depot 

Thanks to Mike Cleveland for joining us this Year.

Christmas Open House at the Depot, Salem, Indiana was fun and successful again this year as we had banjo, fiddle, guitar, bass with vocals, hot apple cider and lots of cookies. We all were glad to have Mike Cleveland join us on fiddle and mandolin.

This day, December third was the release date for my new CD, JIM SMOAK at the Depot. To get one or more, send your information to (

Have a happy and safe Christmas, everyone.

Bayou Bluegrass 

In 1961 I made two albums, one for Folk Lyric Records and one for Prestige International. Bayou Bluegrass went to Arhoolie in 1972 and then to Smithsonian Folkways in 2015.

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Jim Smoak Trio Rides Again! 

Well now, that was fun! Going to Lexington and playing for about a hundred at the Marriott. They are all here for the Kentucky Derby.

Brian's guitar playing was great (singing too), and Rob never missed a beat on bass.

Bill Monroe 

People often ask me about Bill Monroe or make comments like "He was hard to get along with wasn't he?".

Well, he and I got along just fine. Riding in an automobile from town to town, city to city week after week with five  or six people could get on a lot of people's nerves but we seemed to do just fine.

We were playing somewhere in Arkansas one time and after the performance he wanted to drop everyone off at the hotel and then have me drive him to through the night to Hot Springs so he could be at the…

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Kentucky Derby Dinner Music  

Jim Smoak Trio can furnish some Kentucky flavor at your Derby event in Louisville, Lexington or southern Indiana.