PALMER, JOHN (1927-1993)

John Palmer was the long-time bass player and bass vocalist for Don Reno, Red Smiley and the Tennessee Cut-Ups during their years of recording for Cincinnati-based King Records. He had played with Don in various bands before that. When Reno and Smiley split in 1964, John stayed with Red Smiley as part of the Bluegrass Cut-Ups, the band that eventually became the Shenandoah Cut-Ups, after Red’s retirement in 1968. The Shenandoah Cut-Ups had a recording career of their own and helped back Mac Wiseman when he re-recorded a lot of his old songs for Cincinnati’s Vetco Records in 1975.

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