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Jeffrey Remz  |  February 14, 2015

Sam Hunt ventured to Thursday night, playing a sold-out show at the House of Blues. Life is real good for Hunt, who is enjoying his current number one "Take Your Time," which follows "Leave the Night On." Hunt also has been at the top of the Billboard Country Albums chart [...]

Continue reading "The authenticity - or not - of Sam Hunt"

Jeffrey Remz  |  February 11, 2015

Sam Smith may have gotten the spotlight - deservedly so - at the Grammys on Sunday night, but when it came to the country, bluegrass and Americana categories, the night belonged to Rosanne Cash at least when it came awards. Everything pretty much everything went down well thanks to well-done [...]

Continue reading "The Grammys offer a night to remember"

Jeffrey Remz  |  February 3, 2015

It should have come as no surprise just how well Miranda Lambert was going to do when it came to garnering Academy of Country Music nominations. The singer ended up with eight nominations in the seven categories for which she was eligible. Dierks Bentley captured seven nominations, Florida [...]

Continue reading "Surprise surprise - the ACM nominations"

Jeffrey Remz  |  January 16, 2015

Whether she wanted to or not, Taylor Swift is now part of the debate about education thanks to House Speaker John Boehner. Boehner - or more precisely his digital staffers Caleb Smith and Mike Ricci - put together a piece for Boehner's web site, "12 Taylor Swift GIFS for you." [...]

Continue reading "Boehner can't shake off Swift"

Jeffrey Remz  |  January 8, 2015

The long - make that ultra-long - wait for new music from Reba McEntire is over. McEntire released her first new music in four years on Wednesday, "Going Out Like That." The song will be from her forthcoming disc, due out in April. The song, penned by is about a woman, who, instead [...]

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Jeffrey Remz  |  January 7, 2015

If one had to predict what the number one selling country disc of 2014 would have been, I suspect people would have been hard pressed to select Eric Church's "The Outsiders." Now, that has nothing do whatsoever with quality. Church has got plenty of that on his left-of-center [...]

Continue reading "Being an outsider works wonders for Church"

Jeffrey Remz  |  January 6, 2015

Little Jimmy Dickens hadn't had a major league hit in almost 50 years, but he sure was a presence in country music until his death on Friday at 94. The West Virginia native, in fact, scored his biggest hit and only number one with "May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose," in [...]

Continue reading "RIP Little Jimmy Dickens"

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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