Jack Hurst (1941-present) worked as a music journalist for The Tennessean. In the 1970s, he was known for his coverage of stars like Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson. Throughout his career, he also helped to launch singers like Dolly Parton to fame. Hurst collected a library of tape-recorded interviews with the now-iconic names on Music Row. He focused his work on uplifting the voices of poor, rural Americans, as he believed they were often ignored. These interviews connected the plight of these misunderstood people to a broad audience. His reviews and compassionate coverage of country music were critical in defining the country music scene of the late 20th century.