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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  |  July 23, 2014

The Americana Music Association's annual shindig is one of the best festivals out there. I've been to it a few times and always enjoyed it. The fest is a great chance to see lots of the musicians that we cover. Not to mention a whole slew of special performers at the awards show at the [...]

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Jeffrey Remz  |  July 11, 2014

Garth Brooks was just about jumping out of his skin on Thursday to announce that he was back. Of course, it came as no surprise that he was going to launch a worldwide and release new music. The tour dates will be announced text week with a gentlemen in Atlanta the first to know where the [...]

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Jeffrey Remz  |  July 9, 2014

Taylor Swift is an optimist. We figured that out - at least when she's not singing about relationships - a long time ago. That's what Swift wrote in a piece published in the Wall Street Journal on Monday. Swift laid it out, saying she was "one of the few living souls in the [...]

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Jeffrey Remz  |  July 8, 2014

Five big concerts for Garth Brooks in Ireland, a country that has held particular meaning for the singer, are not happening. Aiken Promotions announced Tuesday that all five shows slated for Croke Park in Dublin at the end of July with more than 400,000 people attending were canceled due to a [...]

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Jeffrey Remz  |  June 26, 2014

Willie Nelson is not slowing down. Based on the past few weeks, that's quite apparent as he does not seem quite ready to join AARP even if he is 81. Nelson remains a road warrior, playing date after date. Not to mention being one of the most prolific artists out there. And he is not going [...]

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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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