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Jeffrey Remz  |  March 27, 2015

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard are senior citizens by anyone's stretch of the imagination. Nelson is hitting 82 next month and the Hag is 77. But don't think these guys are slowing down any time soon. Of course, anyone who has followed Willie's career knows that. He seems to be [...]

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Jeffrey Remz  |  March 20, 2015

About 15 years passed since George Strait and Alan Jackson recorded "Music on Murder Row," a song that condemned the country music interlopers. An article this week at CMT.com by Managing Editor Calvin Gilbert wonders whether times have changed all that much. I remember the song [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 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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