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Thanks Steve Moore

Jeffrey Remz  |  July 3, 2013

The news on Monday was surprising to say the least - Steve Moore had handed in his resignation as head of the Country Music Association - the industry group - and it had been accepted the day before.

There was no firm word on why Moore was resigning. There clearly was far more to the story than we were told about. We just don't know the cause.

What we do know is that Moore was quite helpful in pushing country music during his tenure at the CMA. One aspect that I'm particularly glad he accomplished was widening the reach of country both domestically and internationally.

On the domestic front, he helped launch the guitar pull sessions of songwriters and artists sitting down and getting into the songs themselves in New York, Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles. I've been to them, and there's something to be said for seeing the likes of Kenny Chesney and Carrie Underwood in a small club setting of maybe 1,000 people where they don't have the props of a band and staging to help them.

Moore also sent country music to England and pushed the international presence of the genre. A decade or so ago, few performers were heading overseas. Now, it's far more common to hit such countries as England and Australia in particular. Just ask Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum and Alan Jackson. Of course, it was good for the artist, but it was also great for the genre.

Moore made it clear by his actions that country music did not only happen in Music City.

Moore oversaw country music during a difficult time of dwindling record sales and a poor economy for a number of years. But country is more than holding its own these days, and Moore is due a lot of credit.

Exactly why things happened as they did this week is a mystery, but thank you Steve Moore.

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