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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Looking Out the Window - Jimmy Don Smith and the Cold Cuts

Guitarist from Ft. Worth a member of the "Sundown Collection"
and later on backed up Lloyd Price and then started his own band called the Cold Cuts. We had a couple of benenfits for him - one in Houston with Bonnie Raitt, Jimmy Vaughn and Kim Wilson (of the Fabulous Thunderbirds) and Delbert McClinton. I played on that one and then put together a benefit at the Caravan of Dreams with help from David Hickey (who still books Delbert). That one had my band, Red and the Red Hots with Delbert singing a couple of songs, the Juke Jumpers with special guest T-Bone Burnett and a few others whom I can't recall at this time. We raised enough money to cover all the hospital expenses and some left over which his wife started a Jimmy Don Smith scholarship which last time I talked to his wife had excess of $35,000 in it. One of my big memories was in 1982 when I was touring with Eric Burdon and Jimmy's band opened for us (with Freddie Cisneros) at the Agoura in Dallas. Comments by Mike Red Young.
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1 comment:

  1. Jimmy Don was great. I saw him many times in the early 80's in the Montrose section of Houston. The cold Cuts were smoking hot. I was so sad to hear of his passing