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Jeffrey Remz  |  May 22, 2015

The Rolling Stones are back touring again on the Zip Code tour this time around. It should come ass no surprise that the Stones are not touring behind any new material. Unfortunately. In fact, their last full-length album of new songs was "A Bigger Bang" in 2005, only 8 years (sic) [...]

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Jeffrey Remz  |  May 15, 2015

The list of nominees was not a long one for the Americana Music Association Awards, which was announced on Wednesday. In fact, it seems as usual, the list was quite short. Lucinda Williams and recently acclaimed artists Sturgill Simpson and Shakey Graves, led the nominations with three [...]

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Jeffrey Remz  |  May 6, 2015

For the cave dwellers out there, Reba McEntire has a new single, "Going Out Like That," another one of her songs about a woman overcoming a break up to live her own life. By the end of the song, McEntire sings "Everybody, here comes the life of the party/Yeah, she is." [...]

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Jeffrey Remz  |  May 1, 2015

Country music sure is changing both musically and socially. The musical landscape has been coming for years, but we're not going to get into bro country, pop country and all kinds of music that is not country, but masquerading as such. This is about the social changes underway. The most [...]

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Jeffrey Remz  |  April 21, 2015

Now that we've had a few days to digest the Academy of Country Music Awards, some random thoughts. It was quite apparent that the powers that be were reaching back in time. How else do you explain prominent appearances from Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire and Brooks & Dunn? It wasn't [...]

Continue reading "The ACMs, a little old, a little new"

Jeffrey Remz  |  April 20, 2015

Luke Bryan and Miranda Lambert were the big winners, of course, at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music awards on Sunday. Bryan, who happened to co-host the night with Blake Shelton, scored the biggest award of the night - Entertainer of the Year. But Lambert, who richly deserved the [...]

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Jeffrey Remz  |  April 19, 2015

8:01 p.m.: Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan co-host the Academy of Country Music awards, shouting at the intro to tell us that Eric Church with help from Keith Urban will give "Pledge Allegiance to the Hag." 8:03 p.m. - Church and Urban leave the stage with Urban giving a few bars of [...]

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Jeffrey Remz  |  April 19, 2015

Will Garth Brooks make a full comeback and win the big kahuna - the Academy of Country Music award tonight for Entertainer of the Year? Or will Miranda Lambert continue her run of winning awards? And then there are fellow nominees Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean and Florida Georgia Line. Brooks [...]

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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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