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article imageInterview with Doug Smith: Veteran country editor and publisher Special

By Markos Papadatos     Jul 5, 2013 in Entertainment
On July 4, veteran country music editor and publisher Doug Smith of the publication “Country Pulse” chatted via telephone with Digital Journal about his career in the field of journalism.
His work has been featured in such noteworthy country publications as “Country Weekly,” “Music City News,” “Country Music Magazine,” among many others including national newspapers and publications.
“I started working for a small publication in Virginia in 1988 and in 1991, I was more into photography and the articles were more prevalent. It was a passion for me and I was blessed with the gift of gab, so it was easy for me to talk to people and I was never starstruck,” he acknowledged. “Country music was like medicine and therapy to me. Whenever I felt bad, I turned on the radio. I love the honesty of country.”
Throughout his 25-year tenure in the country music industry, he has interviewed some of the biggest names in the genre and a few interviews that stand out to him include Dolly Parton, as well as her sister, Stella Parton. “My first big interview was with Dolly Parton in 1992 in New York, when she has just released ‘Straight Talk. She was always very friendly and nice to me, and it’s great when you have somebody of her caliber to value you. I am very blessed to know her,” Doug said. “Stella Parton is also one of the sweetest people that I know in the music business. Stella is a very talented singer, songwriter, author, actress and she is also an amazing lady.”
He listed Loretta Lynn, Reba McEntire and Brenda Lee as three female country veterans that he would love to someday interview. “I would love to do a sit down interview with Loretta Lynn and I have admired Brenda Lee for her longevity in the industry. I think an interview with Reba would be a good one too. I have a passion for women in country music,” he said with a laugh.
For hopefuls who wish to pursue a career in music journalism professionally, Doug remarked, “Stay true to yourselves. If you don’t compromise to the guidelines of what people want you to write, you need to stick to what you want people to read. We are a country music publication written by the fans for the fans. All of my writers are either fans of country music or the artists that they write about. That’s what I want to convey to my readers. I don’t want there to be anything derogatory in there. I would like to see my publication all over newsstands all over the country, but you have to stay true to what started you in the first place.”
To learn more about Doug Smith and his publication “Country Pulse,” visit its official website.
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