Canada's Smiley Bates was one of those true-country bolts from the blue, an unreconstructed hard-country hick singer who reveled in insanely depressing, over-the-top sad songs, stuff that was worthy of Porter Wagoner. He was also a highly-regarded picker, as seen in his steady stream of instrumental and bluegrass-oriented albums. Here's a quick look at his work




Discography - Best-Ofs

Smiley Bates "The Early Years" (2006)


Smiley Bates "All New Recordings" (Banner) (LP)




Discography - Albums

Smiley Bates "5-String Banjo Bluegrass" (1968) (LP)


Smiley Bates "Fiddler's Dream" (1968)


Smiley Bates "Golden Guitar" (1968)


Smiley Bates "Flat Top Guitar Instrumentals" (1969) (LP)


Smiley Bates "Songs From The Heart" (1969)


Smiley Bates "Songs Of Life" (1971)


Smiley Bates "My Mother" (1971)


Smiley Bates & Eddie Poirier "Hey, Mr. Banjo!" (1972)


Smiley Bates "Path Of Memories" (1973)


Smiley Bates & Eddie Poirier "The Best Of Bluegrass" (1974) (LP)


Smiley Bates "In The Mood For Pickin' " (1974) (LP)


Smiley Bates "Country Tears" (1974)


Smiley Bates "True Stories From Life's Other Side" (1974)


Smiley Bates "The History Of Sadness" (1974)


Smiley Bates "The Best Of Smiley Bates" (1977) (LP)


Smiley Bates "Lullabyes And Legends" (1978)


Smiley Bates "20 Great Country Hits" (1980)


Smiley Bates "Songs Of The Heart" (1982)


Smiley Bates "House Of Shame" (1983)


Smiley Bates "Instrumentally Yours" (1984) (LP)


Smiley Bates "A Million Miles Of Country" (1984)


Smiley Bates "Sing Me A Sad Song (1989)


Smiley Bates "Bent River Boogie" (1994)


Smiley Bates "Book Of Memories" (1994)


Smiley Bates "Good And Country" (1994)


Smiley Bates "Nova Scotia Queen" (1994)


Smiley Bates "Portrait Of Stone" (1995)


Smiley Bates "The Soul Of Country" (1995)


Smiley Bates "Goin' Home" (1996)


Smiley Bates "Dust On The Bible" (1996)




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