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Jeffrey Remz  |  February 7, 2016

As the crowd waited early Thursday morning in Portsmouth, N.H. for Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida to enter the banquet hall to hold a town meeting, the sounds of Montgomery Gentry could be heard over the speakers. "Where I Come From" warmed up the crowd [...]

Continue reading "Rubio goes Home, so does Cruz: the politics of country"

Jeffrey Remz  |  January 29, 2016

Parked outside the House of Blues in Boston last Saturday night was the big tractor-trailer for CMT Next Women of Country Tour. Jennifer Nettles is headlining with support provided by the most excellent Brandy Clark and newcomers Lindsay Ell and Tara Thompson. Nettles is on the road [...]

Continue reading "Next Women of Country, Nettles and sexuality"

Jeffrey Remz  |  January 20, 2016

To say that 2016 has been a rough year for musicians thus far would be an understatement. First David Bowie passed away at 69 of cancer. And this week, Glenn Frey, a founding member of the Eagles, died at 67 of rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia. Frey was a key [...]

Continue reading "RIP Glenn Frey"

Jeffrey Remz  |  January 17, 2016

David Bowie was a musical icon in genre-bending career that lasted five decades until his surprising death last Sunday at 69. Bowie did not have any connection to country music, but maybe his choices could be a guide to country, bluegrass and Americana artists today. I listened [...]

Continue reading "David Bowie and country music?"

Jeffrey Remz  |  January 8, 2016

Looking back the year in country music, it would be easy to focus on the continuing question of what constitutes country music these days. George Strait? Luke Bryan? Florida Georgia Line? But instead, a consideration of the previous 12 months leads to a few very bright spots. The biggest [...]

Continue reading "The joy of 2015"

Jeffrey Remz  |  December 18, 2015

Loretta Lynn is being honored as Billboard's Women in Music Legend. For such a long, fruitful, influential career, it's great that she's being honored. And she's not slowing down either as she's releasing a brand new album, "Full Circle," in March on Sony [...]

Continue reading "Lynn, Underwood: absolutely incredible"

Jeffrey Remz  |  December 11, 2015

The Grammy nominations have gotten far less commercial in recent years - that's not necessarily in the country category. There have been lots of surprises in recent years where the statuettes have been handed out to worthy Artists with a capitol A, and that's not because they went [...]

Continue reading "Are these the Best Albums?"

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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