From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Smith, Carl Lee "Cal"

(born: 1903  -  died: 1937) 

Carl Lee "Cal" Smith, born in Cave City, KY, played the banjo and guitar. He and his six brothers formed the Smith Brothers String Band. In 1919 Cal Smith joined Henry Smith's Jug Band in Louisville, KY. He also played and recorded with Earl McDonald's and Clifford Hayes' bands and worked with W. C. Handy.

Cal Smith is one of the three banjoist featured on the album cover of Clifford Hayes and the Dixieland Jug Blowers.

Smith died of tuberculosis. For more see Cal Smith in the Oxford Music Online Database.

Kentucky County & Region

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Kentucky Place (Town or City)

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Item Relations

Cited in this Entry

NKAA Entry: McDonald, Earl
NKAA Entry: Hayes, Clifford
NKAA Source: Oxford Music Online (database)
NKAA Source: Clifford Hayes and the Dixieland Jug Blowers (album)

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“Smith, Carl Lee "Cal",” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed June 13, 2024,

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