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Jeffrey Remz  |  December 12, 2014

Taylor Swift may not be topping the country charts these days with "1989," as she's on to bigger and better things, but Billboard has a piece on how the magazine's woman of the year "changed country music." In an article that came out on Tuesday, Rob Tannenbaum [...]

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Jeffrey Remz  |  November 26, 2014

Garth Brooks has not been a particularly political figure in country music. He has taken an occasional position here and there, but those have been far and few in between. The most obvious one, perhaps, is "We Shall Be Free," where Brooks sang "When the last thing we notice is the [...]

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Jeffrey Remz  |  November 6, 2014

Taylor Swift may be the biggest superstar out there these days in country music, but she was nowhere to be found on Wednesday night at the Country Music Association awards. For the most part. Swift received a mention twice. The first time was when co-hosts Brads Paisley and Carrie Underwood [...]

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Jeffrey Remz  |  November 5, 2014

Here's the CST perspective on the CMAs tonight. 8 p.m. - Kenny Chesney starts off the CMAs as the hippies get off the bus with "American Kids." Chesney sounds good and is on acoustic guitar as people are dancing around him. Not sure about the hippies dancing. Looks too forced, but [...]

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Jeffrey Remz  |  November 5, 2014

If you try to listen to Taylor Swift on Spotify, you'll end up with a lot of air. That's because her Swiftness, who just released her first pop album "1989" (some would say her country albums also were pop), - and/or her recodrd label - pulled not only the new disc, but her [...]

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Jeffrey Remz  |  October 30, 2014

One of the popular refrains I heard when country musicians headed to dreaded, inhospitable ultra-liberal Northeast was, "There are country fans in New England?" Shocker of shockers? That's just about as smart as saying that folks below the Mason Dixon line are big on drinking [...]

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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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