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Jeffrey Remz  |  February 29, 2012

What do Sugarland and Elvis Costello have in common? When it comes to concerts, quite a lot. During his career, Elvis, who at times has delved into country, put together a concert by spinning a wheel with about 70 songs on it. Whatever song the arrow pointed to, Elvis and his band played. I [...]

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Jeffrey Remz  |  February 25, 2012

Blake Shelton stood tall in concert Thursday in Worcester, Mass. except for one very brief moment even though he couldn't quite pronounce the name of the second largest city in Massachusetts (it's "Woo-stuh" although Shelton did come close. He extended the first syllable a tad [...]

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Jeffrey Remz  |  February 24, 2012

What's up with the career of Jason Aldean? Just when it seemed like things were going great for the Georgian comes today's concert news. It took the country rocker all of four minutes to sell out a May 19 show at Atlanta's Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood. When you're [...]

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Jeffrey Remz  |  February 23, 2012

Remember that Carrie Underwood sneak peak I wrote about? Well, apparently my complaints struck a few sensitive nerves out there from people who thought I was way too harsh on Underwood. I said that Underwood should not have made like she was doing something on the sly because her record [...]

Continue reading "Carrie Underwood rings true (with some)"

Jeffrey Remz  |  February 21, 2012

Carrie Underwood let out a "little teaser" to her fans on Tuesday - a short YouTube video of her single Good Girl. The song will be on her upcoming disc out on Tuesday. I certainly have nothing against Underwood. I think she's a great singer and enjoyed her last album. I will say [...]

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Jeffrey Remz  |  February 13, 2012

Not only does politics make strange bedfellows. So can music. That was in evidence big time Sunday night at the Grammys in the form of Taylor Swift and The Civil Wars. Funny as it turned out that both were the big winners on the country and Americana end of the evening as each took home a couple [...]

Continue reading "An expectedly great night for strange bedfellows"

Jeffrey Remz  |  February 12, 2012

Adele may be about to clean up at the Grammys in a few short hours and deservedly so, but that seems pretty predictable. For another person nominated, it's doubtlessly a "pinch me, man am I ever glad to be here" moment. That would be in the category of Best Americana Album, whose [...]

Continue reading "Linda Chorney takes her shot at a Grammy"

Jeffrey Remz  |  February 10, 2012

The Northeaster used to be the backwoods when it came to getting country music acts to come. I can't tell you how many times artist x would utter the same tired refrain of something to the effect that "Who knew there were country music fans in New England?" Where's Bill [...]

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Jeffrey Remz  |  February 7, 2012

Eric Church's career has been on the upswing with a new tour playing bigger venues. Ticket sales are doing well. And therein lies the problem for Church, according to a good piece at Billboard. The problem is that scalpers are taking over the tickets, despite what Church and [...]

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