The fiddler Hal Smith is one of the elder statesman of classic country, appearing on vintage recordings by bandleaders such as Texas honky tonk king Ernest Tubb and Kentucky bluegrass maestro Bill Monroe. Smith was a great influence on later star fiddlers including Bobby Hicks and Vassar Clements, but actually made an even bigger mark in the music business as a publisher.
Vocalist Ray Price was Smith's partner in a firm endearingly known as Pamper Music for which Willie Nelson etched some of early demo recordings. Smith also fiddled around with the restaurant and nightclub business; his Hal Smith Restaurant Group owned the Redrock Canyon Grill and Smith also assumed control of the Renfro Valley Barn Dance. He married country singer and session guitarist Velma Williams Smith in 1948, the period when Smith was employed as a fiddler in Tubb's Texas Troubadours.