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Jeffrey Remz  |  January 28, 2011

I had the pleasure of seeing Charlie Louvin a few years ago when he was on tour opening for the Old 97's. It was a different kind of crowd than what Louvin probably was used to, but he just went about his business playing his music the way he wanted. Louvin, who did a lot of [...]

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Jeffrey Remz  |  January 27, 2011

Remember the hit song by Tracy Lawrence Find Out Who Your Friends Are? I think it would be very easy right about now for Taylor Swift to start singing that song. She's not alone, of course, among celebrities. She may have been interested in the musical part of her career, but once you become [...]

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Jeffrey Remz  |  January 26, 2011

In this day and age of cookie cutter music, seeing Robert Plant live Tuesday was a breath of fresh air. This was not the first time I'd seen him. I caught him at least once when he was doing his rock thing at the Orpheum many years ago, and I saw him on one of the greatest shows I've [...]

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Jeffrey Remz  |  January 24, 2011

Alan Jackson spent a long long time - his entire career - with the Arista label. Arista released his first album, "Here in the Real World," in 1990. But last week, it was announced that AJ was leaving the label that helped make him a household name. In some ways, it wasn't a [...]

Continue reading "Bye bye Alan Jackson"

Jeffrey Remz  |  January 21, 2011

It's no surprise at all that you're not going to find Chicago on Brad Paisley's itinerary for his just started H20 Frozen Over Tour. In fact, he probably should stay out of the Windy City for awhile. That's because Paisley started his tour in Green Bay, Wisc. For non-football [...]

Continue reading "Advice for Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker: Avoid Chicago"

Jeffrey Remz  |  January 19, 2011

The news that Sunny Sweeney released a five-song EP on Tuesday, simply called "EP," came out of the blue. But it seems to be a puzzling trend among record labels these days. Sweeney has been a favorite of mine for awhile. I thoroughly enjoyed her Texas honky tonk music that she [...]

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Jeffrey Remz  |  January 13, 2011

The Bellamy Brothers are getting downright laughable. A few days after complaining aloud that Britney Spears' brand new single Hold It Against Me smacked of similarity to their 1979 hit, If I Said You Had A Beautiful Body, Would You Hold It Against Me, the brothers are supposedly keeping [...]

Continue reading "The Bellamy Brothers produce a head scratcher"

Jeffrey Remz  |  January 12, 2011

It's a bit hard to figure what the Bellamy Brothers are making a fuss about when it comes to Britney Spears' new single, Hold It Against Me, which came out Tuesday. Howard and David Bellamy issued a press release earlier this week questioning Spears about the single because the song [...]

Continue reading "The Bellamys make much ado about very little"

Jeffrey Remz  |  January 11, 2011

Just because you don't reach the top of the charts doesn't mean that you don't have a memorable song on our hands. At least, that was the bottom line for me anyway from a story I read today at the Billboard web site, "11 Country No. 11s for '11." The article was [...]

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Jeffrey Remz  |  January 7, 2011

"Country Strong" may not live up to its name at the box office. Reviews are in from the Washington Post, Boston Globe and New York Times. The news is not very good. The problem seems to be the story itself. As Rotten Tomatoes said," The cast gives it their all, and Paltrow [...]

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Jeffrey Remz  |  January 5, 2011

In looking back at 2010, the good news was that Lady Antebellum and Taylor Swift had the second and third best selling CDs of any genre. The bad news was that once again it was another bad year for the music industry sales-wise. Lady A's "Need You Now" was the second best selling [...]

Continue reading "Looking back and a bit forward"

Jeffrey Remz  |  January 3, 2011

2011 has just started, and immediately - and I do mean immediately - we are bombarded by awards shows. I have never been a big fan of these affairs - in country, there are the Academy of Country Music awards, the Country Music Association awards, the CMT awards and a newcomer, the American [...]

Continue reading "2011: bring on the awards (unfortunately)"

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