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Jeffrey Remz  |  September 20, 2011

It's sometimes hard to figure out these lists of the top this or the best that that magazines and web sites are so fond of. The latest seems to be Forbes ranking of the top 10 country stars in terms of earning the big bucks. Toby Keith was number one with $50 million greenbacks [...]

Continue reading "Toby Keith: isn't he rich?"

Jeffrey Remz  |  September 12, 2011

Some musicians age exceedingly well. Vince Gill is definitely one of them. Seeing him last night in Boston only reinforced that sentiment. Gill has been a regular in Boston for years - as he said near the end of the meaty 2 1/2-hour show, "what's not to like?" or something along [...]

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Jeffrey Remz  |  September 9, 2011

Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning) was by far the most meaningful, heartfelt song to come out of the 9/11 tragedy. Sure, there were other songs that dealt with 9/11, but most of them were of the Toby Kieth kick-em-in-the-teeth variety instead of the introspection of Jackson's [...]

Continue reading "A decade later, Alan Jackson looks back"

Jeffrey Remz  |  September 6, 2011

Once upon a time, the Country Music Association called it the Horizon Award. Basically, this was handed out to a new artist, who showed promise. A few years ago, the CMAs changed the name to the New Artist Award, and now it doesn't seem like new artists are actually given the award any [...]

Continue reading "CMA New Artist Award: a real headscratcher"

Jeffrey Remz  |  September 1, 2011

There's a lot to be said for sticking to you guns. Just ask George Strait. The long Texan has been a country star for a good three decades now. In this day of here today, gone tomorrow kind of music where it's all so dispensable, Strait obviously has a lot of staying power. Strait had [...]

Continue reading "Strait keeps dancing with the right one"

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