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Singer-songwriter Grant Maloy Smith breathes new life into history on Dust Bowl: American Stories

Singer-songwriter Grant Maloy Smith breathes new life into history on Dust Bowl: American Stories

Smith performs Aug. 12 at The Centennial Rodeo Opry.

(Cover design: Christopher Street / Cover photo: Garett Fisbeck)

Cover Story: Public Enemy’s Chuck D says Woody Guthrie’s spirit lives on in OKC rapper Jabee’s new album

“Today is a Dust Bowl of a different sort,” Chuck D said. “You have a political climate that’s akin to a Dust Bowl, and it’s swirling in the minds of confused Americans.”

Kidnapped!

On a steamy Saturday night, July 22, 1933, two married couples played bridge in the screened-in sunroom of a mansion near downtown. It was after 11:30 p.m., the game starting to wind down, when two armed men — one toting a submachine gun — burst in through the unlatched screen door. One of the women

Carter Sampson — Mockingbird Sing

The album’s 12 tunes brim with crystal-clear, country guitars celebrating all the joys of rural life — and not necessarily just the whiskey-related ones. It’s a dusty gem of an Okie-born album (Sampson’s now based in Fayetteville, Ark.), spiked with the occasional blast of organ and glimmering pedal steel from Chris Moore. Wanda Jackson and

Home in the ‘Oklahoma Hills’

The George Kaiser Family Foundation intends to open the Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa’s Brady District by the end of 2012. The foundation has purchased the folk singer and activist’s comprehensive archives — including hundreds of notebooks, diaries and scrapbooks containing letters, 581 artworks, novels, essays, unpublished short stories and lyrics to some 3,000-plus songs

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