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Playing Since: 1964
Experience Level: Expert/Professional

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Occupation: Music Director and Music Teacher

Gender: Male
Age: 65

My Instruments:
Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo, Fiddle, Keyboards

Favorite Bands/Musicians:
All Bluegrass, Gospel and Country

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Created 5/28/2013
Last Visit 10/28/2013

Ralph Smith is "Zoot Frisbee" and was born and raised in East Texas and began playing guitar at the age of 8. He played in garage bands and some small sock hops while growing up there. Zoot served in the US Navy after highschool. He kept performing in many clubs and bars while traveling completely around the world in the 70's with Uncle Sam. His music business prospects continued after serving the military. He met up with a band in Marylad from West Virginia called, "Coast To Coast" in the early 80's. He worked with the band on the East Coast for 1 1/2 years. They worked clubs all around West Virgina and Maryland before deciding to change their name to "Runner" and head to Las Angeles California in 1984. Runner worked all the clubs in La, the Valley and Torrance California for over a year when they broke up in 1986. Zoot then used his military training and persued a job at Douglas Aircraft in Long Beach California. He still was persistant in persuing a musical profession. At Douglas Aircraft he met quite a few musicians that became close friends and jamming buddies. In 1986 Zoot met Linda Helmuth at a Christmas party. They hit it off great and decided to get married in the Spring of 1987. They bought their first home in Long Beach and together started forming a ne band called Zoot Frisbee and Company. With the help of many musician friends from work they were able to find a vast supply of talent. This made the new band very flexable and it had a musical range unlimited in styles. At one time Zoot Frisbee and Company had 13 members. This was with a brass and woodwind section also. They performed mainy in coffee houses and clubs around Long Beach and the Bay Area for over 12 years. With the economy getting bad around 2006 Zoot and Linda had to break up the band and move to Texas. Before they moved though. Zoot and Linda recorded at their home, a cd with 12 songs Zoot wrote. "Circle Of Life." is the only original cd Zoot released and there has been no other original recording from Zoot since this. But, there may be another in the near future. So hang in there and wait for the surprise too come... At the present time Zoot (Ralph Smith) is the music director at Central Baptist Church in Liberty Texas and also a music instructor/teacher in the local and surrounding areas of Liberty, Hardin and Daton Texas.

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