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Jeffrey Remz  |  April 16, 2011

When you think of country music wafting through the air, you think of the U.S. first and foremost obviously. When it comes to Country Standard Time, Texas and New York lead the pack of readers. Overwhelmingly, most of the CST readers are from the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom. It was late [...]

Continue reading "George Strait, pizza, Israel and one Avichai Ben-Shmuel"

Jeffrey Remz  |  April 11, 2011

Brad Paisley always - and I do mean always - has been a big favorite of mine. That was true from his first CD, "Who Needs Pictures" way back in 1999, which aptly demonstrated that this guy was proud of his country roots and wasn't running away from them in fear for his career. [...]

Continue reading "Brad Paisley is country music"

Jeffrey Remz  |  April 8, 2011

Tim McGraw starts his Emotional Traffic tour tonight, the first of several big tours on tap this summer. Kenny Chesney resurfaces after taking a year off, and Taylor Swift, of course, goes onto launch the U.S. portion of her "Speak Now" tour at the end of May. An article in the Wall [...]

Continue reading "Hitting the old dusty touring trail"

Jeffrey Remz  |  April 6, 2011

The Grammys are in for a huge change when the 54th edition takes place in 2012. That's because the Recording Academy, which oversees the Grammys, announced Wednesday it is cutting the number of Grammy categories from 109 to 78. The decision will certainly impact the country music field [...]

Continue reading "The Grammys, they are a changing"

Jeffrey Remz  |  April 4, 2011

The Academy of Country Music Awards had a lot of strong performances Sunday night. And make no mistake about it - the three-hour show (Unlike the Oscars, it actually does end on time) was about the live performances, not the actual awards One-half hour into it, there was not sign of an award [...]

Continue reading "For Taylor Swift, all's well that ends well"

Jeffrey Remz  |  April 3, 2011

8:02 p.m. Blake Shelton starts the show off singing Who Are You When I'm Not Looking as if it's to Miranda Lambert. Nope, of course, it's Reba McEntire in white on a couch. But she's tired of her shtick and told him to save it for their wedding night. Good advice. They go [...]

Continue reading "The ACMs"

Jeffrey Remz  |  April 3, 2011

6:15 p.m., Sunday, April 3, 2011 What does Walker Hayes mean that this is the show everyone has been waiting for? Who says? Hayes introduces Jana Kramer, whoever she is. "After all this practice we've had, and I forgot to introduce you," she said. The way she's acting, I [...]

Continue reading "The view of the ACM Red Carpet show"

Jeffrey Remz  |  April 3, 2011

Just because Miranda Lambert received seven Academy of Country Music nominations does not mean she will take home a lot of hardware tonight either. No doubts he already has gotten a lot of mileage out of being the leading nominee for yet another awards show. Lambert even received three more than [...]

Continue reading "ACM awards: picking winners"

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