Remembering Hazel Smith: CMT Columnist Through the Years

Music Row Mourns Revered Music Journalist and TV Host

The country music community is mourning the loss of Nashville music insider, Hazel Smith. The Music Row journalist, cookbook author and talent manager died on Sunday (March 18) at her home in Madison, Tenn. She was 83.

As a columnist for and the host of CMT’s Southern Fried Flicks, Smith was known for getting up close and personal in her “Hot Dish” interviews with several stars including Wynonna Judd, Justin Moore, Brad Paisley, Chris Young and many more. Her impact on the community is indelible, having mentored many rising music business professionals throughout her career.

Below are just a few of the celebrities she’s interviewed.

Garth Brooks

Cody Alan

Brad Paisley

Chris Young

Darryl Worley

Eli Young Band

Emily West

The Grascals

Larry the Cable Guy

Jack Ingram

Jo Smith

Josh Thompson

Justin Moore

Lee Brice

Phil Vassar

Randy Rogers Band

Richie McDonald

Wynonna Judd