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Jeffrey Remz  |  June 10, 2016

In this day and age of bro country and country songs that don't cut particularly deep, it was refreshing to hear Brandy Clark's new disc, "Big Day in a Small Town." While Clark makes some concessions to the mainstream in terms of the sonics (it's less traditional than [...]

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Jeffrey Remz  |  May 27, 2016

On "All the Way to Me" off Dierks Bentley's "Black" CD out today, he starts off the song with the lines "Somethin' 'bout George Jones on the headphones/Truth through a microphone/Livin' on, and on, and on, in a melody/Somethin' 'bout starlight [...]

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Jeffrey Remz  |  May 20, 2016

The death of Guy Clark this week at 74 struck a chord. I had the fortune to not only listen to his body of work over the years, but also the chance to see him live a number of times. Clark was part of the great line of Texas singer/songwriters that I was fortunate to catch live and listen to on [...]

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Jeffrey Remz  |  May 13, 2016

Great news for the Americana world. Billboard said on Thursday that it would rename its Folk Albums chart as the Americana and Folk Albums chart in early June. The practical impact is unclear to me. Right now, if you take a look at the Billboard Folk Albums chart for the week ending May 21, [...]

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Jeffrey Remz  |  May 6, 2016

Prince was not exactly known for being involved with country music. But his death on April 21 at the ripe young age of 57 made me think about musicians and their sense of self as an artist. My thoughts were probably not all that different than when David Bowie died at 69 in January. In [...]

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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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