Smith, Fred E.


  • From Marshall, North Carolina.
  • A legendary country comedian and guitarist who with his cousin Red Rector (mandolin) performed as “Red and Fred.”
  • 1942, recorded in New York City the “Old Chisholm Trail” with Woody Guthrie, Burl Ives, J.E. and Wade Mainer for the BBC.
  • Also worked with Archie Campbell, Boots Randolph, Grandpa Jones, Kenny Baker, Jimmy Martin and many other country and bluegrass artists.
  • During the last years of his life performed at the Comedy Barn in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee and recorded with the VW Boys.
  • 2006, passed away at the age of 81.