“Country Bumpkin” singer Cal Smith passes away

Cal Smith Getty Michael Ochs Archives 1970
Country music has once again lost a legend. 

Cal Smith, best known for hits such as Country Bumpkin and The Lord Knows I’m Drinking, passed away on Thursday, October 10, in Branson, Missourri at the age of 81.

Smith's last time on the charts came in 1986 with King Lear, but over his career he recorded 16 albums and had three #1 singles. He is survived by his wife, Darlene, his five children, and 15 great-grandchildren.

You can read a nice bit about him and his life on The Tennessean

[Photo courtesy CMT/By Michael Ochs]