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Jeffrey Remz  |  July 15, 2016

I must say I was more than skeptical when I heard a few years back that Steven Tyler was going country. After all, he had bona fide rock and roll cred from being the lead singer of Aerosmith. There is no mistaking Aerosmith for a country band by any stretch, even if once upon a time, they did [...]

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Jeffrey Remz  |  June 10, 2016

In this day and age of bro country and country songs that don't cut particularly deep, it was refreshing to hear Brandy Clark's new disc, "Big Day in a Small Town." While Clark makes some concessions to the mainstream in terms of the sonics (it's less traditional than [...]

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Jeffrey Remz  |  May 27, 2016

On "All the Way to Me" off Dierks Bentley's "Black" CD out today, he starts off the song with the lines "Somethin' 'bout George Jones on the headphones/Truth through a microphone/Livin' on, and on, and on, in a melody/Somethin' 'bout starlight [...]

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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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