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Jeffrey Remz  |  April 21, 2015

Now that we've had a few days to digest the Academy of Country Music Awards, some random thoughts. It was quite apparent that the powers that be were reaching back in time. How else do you explain prominent appearances from Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire and Brooks & Dunn? It wasn't [...]

Continue reading "The ACMs, a little old, a little new"

Jeffrey Remz  |  April 20, 2015

Luke Bryan and Miranda Lambert were the big winners, of course, at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music awards on Sunday. Bryan, who happened to co-host the night with Blake Shelton, scored the biggest award of the night - Entertainer of the Year. But Lambert, who richly deserved the [...]

Continue reading "ACMs: the lowdown on awards"

Jeffrey Remz  |  April 19, 2015

8:01 p.m.: Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan co-host the Academy of Country Music awards, shouting at the intro to tell us that Eric Church with help from Keith Urban will give "Pledge Allegiance to the Hag." 8:03 p.m. - Church and Urban leave the stage with Urban giving a few bars of [...]

Continue reading "Academy of Country Music countdown"

Jeffrey Remz  |  April 19, 2015

Will Garth Brooks make a full comeback and win the big kahuna - the Academy of Country Music award tonight for Entertainer of the Year? Or will Miranda Lambert continue her run of winning awards? And then there are fellow nominees Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean and Florida Georgia Line. Brooks [...]

Continue reading "ACM Awards: And the Entertainer of the Year should go to..."

Jeffrey Remz  |  April 19, 2015

Sam Hunt, Cole Swindell and Thomas Rhett all have their fans, particularly Hunt no doubt, but I'm finding it real hard to get very excited about the Academy of Country Music New Artist of the Year award, which will be handed out tonight. Hunt has enjoyed big time commercial success. He has [...]

Continue reading "ACM New Artist of the Year - what if no one won?"

Jeffrey Remz  |  April 19, 2015

The Vocal Group of the Year category is one of the most and least interesting at the same time at the Academy of Country Music awards show tonight. Least interesting because the nominees are Florida Georgia Line, Maddie & Tear, Brothers Osborne, The Swon Brothers and Dan + Shay. And that means [...]

Continue reading "Most, least interesting category - ACMs Duo of the Year"

Jeffrey Remz  |  April 9, 2015

Steven Tyler of Aerosmith is the latest in a line of performers not necessarily raised on country, who are taking a stab at the genre. That list would even include such acts as The Rolling Stones," who released "Country Tonk" way back in 1969. In more recent years, Kelly Clarkson, [...]

Continue reading "Tyler and staying true to your roots"

Jeffrey Remz  |  April 3, 2015

Little Big Town is riding high on the charts with its latest single, "Girl Crush," but it is not without controversy, certainly the most of the quartet's career. The song, penned by Liz Rose, Lori McKenna and Hillary Lindsey, may or may not be about lesbianism (more on that [...]

Continue reading "Girl Crush: a misplaced controversy"

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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