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Juneteenth and country music

Jeffrey Remz  |  June 19, 2020

Today is Juneteenth, an annual holiday marking the end of slavery in the U.S. On June 19, 1865, enslaved African-Americans in Galveston, Texas, were told they were free. Somehow the slave owners neglected to tell the slaves that they were free some two months after Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox, Va. Although celebrated by African-Americans since the late 19th century, this year...

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For Lady A, there's a lot in a name

Jeffrey Remz  |  June 12, 2020

A name says a lot. A name can be powerful. That became crystal clear in the country music world on Thursday with the sudden and surprise announcement by the band formerly known as Lady Antebellum that the trio was now going by the moniker Lady A. The new name is what fans often called the band anyway. (it should be noted, however, that a Seattle R&B singer who goes by the name Lady A, was...

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George Floyd and songs for the times

Jeffrey Remz  |  June 5, 2020

I've been struggling about how to address the tragedies of murder and a longstanding, eons-old system that is broken against those of color and of less means. This week, two African-American singers, Mickey Guyton and Kane Brown, released songs that fit the times. Neither Guyton, who's been kicking around Nashville for a long time without ever having had the chance (hopefully yet) to...

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The CMAs 2019

Jeffrey Remz  |  November 13, 2019

And so the CMAs award with Reba McEntire, Dolly Parton and host Carrie Underwood singing "Those Memories of You," recorded by Dolly, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt. Man, they have great harmonies. Maybe they're the second coming of Pistol Annies. And then a snippet of "You're Lookin' at Country" from Jennifer Nettles and Little Big Town's Kimberly...

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2019 ACMs: one view of the awards

Jeffrey Remz  |  April 7, 2019

It's one of those special nights of country music - the 54th annual Academy of Country Music awards with trophies handed out and music in Vegas. Here we go: 8 p.m.: Jason Aldean gets the ball rolling with Florida Georgia Line with FGL's "You Can't Hide Red." Crazy American flag outfit for Tyler Hubbard and a typical FGL type song. This is the same group that just put...

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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 is about, which means all kinds of country, bluegrass and roots/Americana music.

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