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Jeffrey Remz  |  November 4, 2016

By my reckoning, it was the performance of the 50th CMA Awards. But not everyone saw the paring of Beyonce and the Dixie Chicks that way. In fact, it has devolved in social media (surprise, surprise) into pro- and anti-. Unfortunately, some of it has clearly been over racial lines and some [...]

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Jeffrey Remz  |  November 2, 2016

8 p.m. - And so it begins with scenes from the past - Willie, Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs, Reba, George Strait, Little Big Town and Garth Brooks. "This is definitely the highlight of my senior year," said Taylor Swift, who will not be here tonight I assume. 8:01 p.m. - Vince Gill gets [...]

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Jeffrey Remz  |  November 2, 2016

Tonight's the night for the 50th annual Country Music Association awards and time to offer a few thoughts on the various nominees. Eric Church deserves to win Album of the Year for "Mr. Misunderstood." He unveiled it exactly one year ago with a great flurry of intrigue - he sent it [...]

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Jeffrey Remz  |  October 21, 2016

Aubrie Sellers is one of my favorite new acts. That's based on seeing her live last year and her debut, "New City Blues." Fine voice with a sense of ownership, solid songs on her debut and a good variety as well. Sellers released the disc on her own at the beginning of this year [...]

Continue reading "Sellers' aim is true"

Jeffrey Remz When people ask, "How did you get into country music?" I tell them my version of the truth. "I grew up in eastern Long Island (NY)." Now, for the uninitiated, that used to be farm country. So, of course, it'd be natural for a farm kind of boy to love country, right? Isn't it obvious?

Yeah, right.

I think of my love of country music as an interest that got out of control. It started for me in the late 1980's with folks like Steve Earle, Dwight Yoakam, Lyle Lovett and Nanci Griffith and mushroomed from there to learning about artists from the past to the up-and-coming. Eventually, that led to learning about bluegrass and later Americana/rootsy music.

With "free time" on my hand as a reporter at the Salem, Massschusetts Evening News, in 1993, I started Country Standard Time magazine, which was distributed in record stores and live music clubs throughout the U.S. We're now only on the web covering everything from major label to true independent artists. My posts will cover the facets of what countrystandardtime.com is about, which means all kinds of country, bluegrass and roots/Americana music.

Feel free to email me directly with your thoughts at countryst@aol.com. Thanks a lot for reading.

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