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Chuck Smith
and His Midwest Trailriders
WLBC Hoosierland Barn Dance
WLBC Muncie, IN

Chuck Smith and his Midwest Trail Riders Chuck Smith formed his band the Trailriders around 1951 according to a 1953 article. The band was popular in the Muncie, Indiana area. Chuck had worked with other bands in the years prior to arriving on the Muncie scene.

He was also a bit of a songwriter, having written a tune called "Waltz of Yesterday" back then.

Timeline & Trivia Notes Group Members:

  • Chuck Smith, lead vocals, guitar
  • Syble Smith, (Chuck's wife), ass, vocals
  • Jess Rhodes, lead guitar
  • Van Spears, rhythm guitar, banjo
  • Lorraine Spears, (Van's wife), vocals
  • "Cannonball" Bush, (Van's wife), fiddler, comedianne

Credits & Sources

  • Cowboy Songs; Issue No. 29; November 1953; American Folk Publications, Inc.; Derby, CT

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