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  • Cathy Cress
    Cathy Cress
    Hi Jim..I hope you and your family are doing well.I wanted to thank you for teaching me the banjo back in the late 70's and early 80's.I met you at Frank's gun shop in Galena,Indiana.What great memories that was for me.You taught me several bluegrass tunes/songs with that cassette recorder.I couldn't read music or tab.I still play but mostly clawhammer ...but still enjoy getting my picks on at time and playing some good old bluegrass tunes.You are the best of the best Jim and I am thankful our paths crossed that day at Frank's gun shop.Take care and God Bless..your old student..Cathy Oh and thats Molly in the picture with me.Yes I have a horse now.Two..Molly and Banjo. Hope to see ya at the Train museum this year.

    Hi Jim..I hope you and your family are doing well.I wanted to thank you for teaching me the banjo back in the late 70's and early 80's.I met you at Frank's gun shop in Galena,Indiana.What great memories that was for me.You taught me several bluegrass tunes/songs with that cassette recorder.I couldn't read music or tab.I still play but mostly clawhammer ...but still enjoy getting my picks on at time and playing some good old bluegrass tunes.You are the best of the best Jim and I am thankful our paths crossed that day at Frank's gun shop.Take care and God Bless..your old student..Cathy Oh and thats Molly in the picture with me.Yes I have a horse now.Two..Molly and Banjo. Hope to see ya at the Train museum this year.

  • Dave Siler
    Dave Siler Fredericksburg, VA
    i had the privilege of learning 5-string from Jim in the early 70's at Bizianes Music Mart on Bardstown Road. What a fantastic treat that was!!! Thank you, Jim!

    i had the privilege of learning 5-string from Jim in the early 70's at Bizianes Music Mart on Bardstown Road. What a fantastic treat that was!!! Thank you, Jim!

  • Thomas Hammons
    Thomas Hammons Louisville KY
    I took banjo lessons from Jim several years ago. I remember him as a very fine person. I still pick my banjo some, nut don`t play with anyone any more,

    I took banjo lessons from Jim several years ago. I remember him as a very fine person. I still pick my banjo some, nut don`t play with anyone any more,

  • Steve Bartlett
    Steve Bartlett
    I saw Jim Smoak in person once, about 1951. He was backing up Little Jimmie Dickens on an Opry package tour show in Beaumont, Texas.

    I saw Jim Smoak in person once, about 1951. He was backing up Little Jimmie Dickens on an Opry package tour show in Beaumont, Texas.

  • Tom Elder
    Tom Elder
    hey Jim, just saying hi--I took a few a couple lessons from Steve Brines and one from you to learn what in the world that augmented chord in With Care From Someone was ha ha.Salem is too far from Bardstown though.Here is a link to where I landed musically. . I also play live real music with a buddy weekly.I dig the old 20s and 3os pop also https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmcArs37UNIwv-bV4hgqZRw/videos

    hey Jim, just saying hi--I took a few a couple lessons from Steve Brines and one from you to learn what in the world that augmented chord in With Care From Someone was ha ha.Salem is too far from Bardstown though.Here is a link to where I landed musically. . I also play live real music with a buddy weekly.I dig the old 20s and 3os pop also https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmcArs37UNIwv-bV4hgqZRw/videos