Author Archive: Robert K Oermann

Robert K. Oermann is a longtime contributor to MusicRow. He is a respected music critic, author and historian.

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LifeNotes: Songwriting Great John D. Loudermilk Passes

Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member John D. Loudermilk has died at age 82 following […]

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Big Americana Awards Go To Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell

Chris Stapleton and Jason Isbell claimed top honors at the 15th annual Americana Music Awards […]

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LifeNotes: Beach Music Kingpin Clifford Curry Passes

Funeral services for Nashville’s soul music mainstay Clifford Curry were held in Knoxville […]

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DISClaimer: IBMA Contenders Showcase Sterling Tracks

Today’s stroll through the field of bluegrass includes many of this year’s contenders for […]

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LifeNotes: Pedal Steel Pioneer Bud Isaacs Passes

Bud Isaacs, who made country music history as the first person to play the pedal steel guitar on […]

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DISClaimer: Jennifer Nettles, The Band Perry Offer Charming New Tracks

It was the best of times; it was the worst of times. Today’s stack of platters contained […]

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DISClaimer: David Nail, Brandy Clark, Billy Ray Cyrus Stand Out

As summer drags on relentlessly, we find relief in fresh country sounds. Our vocal collaboration […]

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LifeNotes: Fiddle Great Hoot Hester Passes

Longtime Opry staff fiddler Hoot Hester has died at age 65. Hester joined the Grand Ole Opry staff band […]

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DISClaimer: Lori McKenna, Josh Farrow Lead Americana Releases

The Americana festival and convention will be here before we know it, so it’s high time we surveyed […]

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DISClaimer: Dolly Parton, Drake White Are Bright Spots This Week

What a bunch of junk. I can’t remember the last time I was so numbed by a listening session. […]

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LifeNotes: Limeliters Singer Glenn Yarbrough Passes

Singer Glenn Yarbrough, famed for his 1965 pop hit “Baby the Rain Must Fall” passed away in […]

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