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Jeffrey Remz  |  April 4, 2016

To say that the Academy of Country Music awards was Chris Stapleton's night on Sunday would be an understatement. Sure, Jason Aldean was quite thrilled, as he should have been, in taking the Entertainer of the Year Award, but Stapleton may have required a helping hand to take the six trophies [...]

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Jeffrey Remz  |  April 3, 2016

8 p.m. - Co-hosts Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley engage in banter before Bryan hits the road to sing his current single "Huntin', Fishin' and Lovin' Every Day," another one of his typical good old Southern bro-country songs. That's what a country boy is all about [...]

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Jeffrey Remz  |  April 1, 2016

Yet another country music awards show looms. On Sunday, the 51st Academy of Country Music awards goes down in the capitol of country music, Las Vegas (just kidding, although don't tell that to Brooks & Dunn, Reba and Garth). So with that in mind, here are a few thoughts... Might as well [...]

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Jeffrey Remz  |  March 17, 2016

Joey Feek died earlier this month at the untimely age of 40. She achieved success as a singer with her husband Rory as part of the duo Joey + Rory. They had a hit single "Cheater Cheater," continued putting out albums of quality and had a sense of their artistic selves by recording and [...]

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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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