A much-needed look at the country music songwriting legacy of Arthur Q Smith – an overlooked talent who passed along his songs to some of the greats of the early years of the genre, but hardly ever got some time in the spotlight on his own! The package is way more than just a CD – as it features a huge 122 page book that offers up the full story of Smith's short life and long legacy of music – along with a huge amount of photos and images. The set's divided up into two halves – the first featuring renditions of some of Smith's famous songs – the second featuring Smith's own acetates of the songs, most of which were fairly well-recorded – alongside some early demos of his songs by Don Gibson, Carl Butler, and Marty Stuart. In terms of depth – both in music and presentation – this whole thing's almost more at the level of the big Bear Family box sets! Smith recordings include "There's Forty Eight States In The Union", "Black Cat", "Country Mile", "Wild Mountain Honey", "The Angels Cried", "Missing In Action", "Blue Lights Blue Hearts Blue Music", and "A Song For Sale". Other recordings include "My Tears Don't Show" by Roy Acuff, "Rainbow At Midnight" by Carlisle Brothers, "Save A Little Dream For Me" by Moon Mullican, "We Crossed Our Hearts" by Ray Price, "I Wouldn't Change You If I Could" by Reno & Smiley, "Sample Kisses" by Don Gibson, "Crown Of Thorns" by Orval Prophet, "You Can't Conceal A Broken Heart" by Kitty
Wells, "I've Got A Home Up In Glory" by Mother Maybelle Carter, and "I Overlooked An Orchid" by Carl Smith.