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Jeffrey Remz  |  April 8, 2014

Rascal Flatts may never have sung truer words than they did Sunday night at the Academy of Country Music awards show in Las Vegas. Near the end of the three-hour show, the trio sang, "Rewind,'" its latest single from an upcoming disc. The final words out of lead singer Gary [...]

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Jeffrey Remz  |  April 6, 2014

We're going to give the commentary - as I see and hear it anyway - throughout the ACMs. Hold on for the ride. 8:00 p.m.: Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton may be hosting, but we're not seeing them at the outset. It's The Band Perry who do "Chainsaw" with lots of confetti and [...]

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Jeffrey Remz  |  April 4, 2014

The Taylor Swift juggernaut rolls on. Soon, Swift is bringing her brand of country music to Asia where she set a record this week, but more on that later. It used to be that country music was particular to the south. If you were up north - New York City and New England, for example - those were [...]

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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 is about, which means all kinds of country, bluegrass and roots/Americana music.

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

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