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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DISClaimer: Elizabeth Cook, Paul Burch, Derik Hultquist Among Americana’s Top Offerings

There is a whole lot to like in today overview of current Americana recordings. So much so, […]

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LifeNotes: Memphis Horns Star Wayne Jackson Passes

Trumpeter Wayne Jackson, who won a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012 as one-half of the […]

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LifeNotes: “A Place To Fall Apart” Songwriter Freddy Powers Passes

Songwriter, producer and ace musician Freddy Powers has died at age 84. Powers was a […]

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Of Songwriters And Books: Six Reading Recommendations

It should come as no surprise that members of our songwriting community are also proficient in prose. […]

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LifeNotes: Star Bass Player Mike Chapman Passes

Renowned Nashville bass instrumentalist Mike Chapman has died at age 63. […]

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DISClaimer: Blake Shelton Has A Way With Hit Songs

I was going to take a break from mainstream country and review some other genre this week, […]

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Nashville Song “Mother Emanuel” Will Be Sung At Memorial For Charleston Church Shooting

Gospel legend Shirley Caesar will perform “Mother Emanuel” this weekend at a memorial for […]

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DISClaimer: Maggie Rose’s “Same Sky” Wins Disc Of The Day

We’ll be hearing a lot of new songs during these next few days of the CMA Music Festival. Here are […]

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LifeNotes: Pop/Country Stylist Floyd Robinson Passes

Floyd Robinson, best known for his 1959 top-20 pop hit “Makin’ Love,” has died at age 83. Born […]

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DISClaimer: Dierks Bentley, Sammy Arriaga Bring Rhythm, Energy On New Singles

“T for Texas, T for Tennessee.” That’s what the great Jimmie Rodgers wrote and sang. And it’s as […]

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LifeNotes: Revered Vocal Coach Phoebe Binkley Passes

Phoebe Binkley, who coached dozens of Nashville superstars and thousands of unknowns for […]

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