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Jeffrey Remz  |  August 5, 2014

The news came as no surprise whatsoever, but the official word that The Civil Wars were history was nonetheless quite disappointing. Joy Lynn Williams and John Paul White made beautiful music together during their four years together. The way they worked off of each other's vocals with a [...]

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Jeffrey Remz  |  July 24, 2014

The words coming from Reba McEntire are simple enough - "Pray for Peace," which she sings over and over on a song posted on her Facebook page and web site. The accompanying video, which clocks in at 4:07, shows people from around the world from London to Katy, Texas to Las [...]

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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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