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Smokey Smith, country music's one man show in a picture from the 1050s. Color illustration by Kathy Downing

Smokey Smith, country music’s one man show, in a 1950s photo. Colorization by Kathy Downing

Volume 9, Issue No. 2, Mar/Apr, 2017

From his tireless work as a performer, recording artist, concert promoter, radio disc jockey, television host and tour guide, to his close friendships with legendary country music artists like Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn and Porter Wagoner, to his induction into the Country Music Disc Jockey Hall of Fame in 1982, Smokey Smith was country music’s one man show promoting the sweeping steel guitar sounds of Music City in the Capital City for decades. Iowa History Journal Publisher Michael Swanger offers readers a backstage glimpse of Smith’s fascinating journey in country music — including dozens of rare vintage photos with stars of the genre’s golden age — and ponders the question: Why isn’t Smokey Smith in the Country Music Hall of Fame?


Jerry Harrington makes the case that perhaps William Harding was Iowa’s worst governor.


Publisher’s Perspective: Michael Swanger devotes his column to the Kimball Village Site’s recent designation as a National Historic Landmark.


Find out how Camp Dodge trained thousands of soldiers for World War I


Go behind the scenes with Paul Morrison, Drake University’s 99-year-old historian. By Larry Cotlar.


In Iowa’s Country Roads, columnist Arvid Huisman humorously recalls working on a mink ranch.


Ashley Rullestad writes about the history of Bettendorf.


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