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Jeffrey Remz  |  September 9, 2016

Holiday albums are not high profile affairs these days. It used to be that Christmas and seasonal discs were part of the fabric of being a country artist. But presumably due to the short duration of self space that the music occupies and an obviously limited sales period, the number of holiday [...]

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Jeffrey Remz  |  August 5, 2016

A few weeks ago, I had the distinct pleasure of going once again to the Newport Folk Festival. The three-day fest in Newport, R.I. has been an institution to say the least. Perhaps it is best known for the day that Dylan went electric to a chorus of boos. It didn't seem to stop his career. [...]

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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 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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