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Jeffrey Remz  |  August 27, 2015

Writing off Maddie & Tae as a novelty act could be easy, but, hopefully, dead wrong. I mean, how could you argue when a song begins with the voice over, "No country music was harmed in the making of this song. This is only a t-t-test"? The song in question would be "Girl in a [...]

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Jeffrey Remz  |  August 14, 2015

The times, they are a changing. I listened to the brand new single from the Band Perry, "Live Forever," a few times today. "Live Forever," which they performed on Good Morning America this morning, is big sounding and anthemic. Call it very very catchy. The kind of song that [...]

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Jeffrey Remz  |  August 7, 2015

It's tough being a country music star these days. Today, Jake Owen announced via Twitter that he was splitting from his wife of three years. Earlier this week, the word went out that Reba McEntire was separating from Narvel Blackstock, who runs her management company. And, of course, [...]

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Jeffrey Remz  |  July 22, 2015

Marriage is not an easy proposition. There's no need to ask those in the public eye about that. Ask just about anyone. There are ups and downs - even in the most successful of marriages. The sad news came down on Monday that the leading country couple, Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert, [...]

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Jeffrey Remz  |  July 2, 2015

Over the past week or so, a few throwback stylists - one live and one on CD - staked their claim as relevant today. Last Tuesday, country upstart Kacey Musgraves released her sophomore release on a major label, "Pageant Material." Two nights later, Lee Ann Womack was making her [...]

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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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