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Richard Smith brightens the corner with a guitar and a song

June 2, 2012 • Local News


Roswell’s troubadour Richard Smith plays his guitar at the northwest corner of Second and Main streets. Noah Vernau Photo

You probably recognize Richard Smith as the full-bearded gentleman with sunglasses who plays guitar on the northwest corner of Second and Main streets, a familiar sight in downtown Roswell since 2009. Demonstrating a broad taste in music, Smith entertains passersby almost every day at the busy intersection with song selections from Brooks & Dunn to Frank Sinatra. Whether you are a resident running an errand or a tourist checking out the UFO Museum, you have likely seen Smith perched outside the Republican Party of Chaves County headquarters, strumming his red, weather-beaten Oscar Schmidt guitar.

“I’ve met people from all over the world at this spot — from Asia, from Europe. Not long ago I met a lady from Spain,” Smith said. “They come across the globe to see that museum.”

Smith was born near Geneva, Ill., in 1955, and grew up just outside Mauston, Wis. Ready to Login to read more

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