She Created the Term 'Outlaw Music'. Hazel Smith Has Died

Hazel Smith, Creator of the Country Term 'Outlaw Music,' Dies. |                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Hazel Smith, a mainstay on Music Row since she moved to Nashville from her hometown in rural North Carolina, died on Sunday evening (March 18) at her home in Madison, Tenn., the Tennessean reports. She was 83.

Described as "the mother of Music Row" in a 1997 tribute article in the Nashville SceneSmith's legacy spans a storied career in country music as a journalist, songwriter and publicist. In the late '70s, she coined the term "outlaw music," while working in the Glaser Studios' office as a publicist, when radio stations needed a way to describe the music of popular country artists such as Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson. Full Story about Hazel HERE

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