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 Single Reviews (12/21/10)

I dread this column every year. It’s not that I don’t like Christmas. Far from it. It’s just that so much bad music gets recorded in its name. And, as usual, there is far more of it than I can hope to cover in a column.

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DISClaimer Single Reviews (12/15/10)

The ladies rule the day. There were only two of them is this listening session, but they bested the fellows to take our top two awards. Meaghan Blanchard hails from Canada. This talented singer-songwriter with a songbird’s voice wins the DisCovery Award.

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DISClaimer Single Reviews (12/8/10)

The moment this listening session began, the rest of the platters might as well have packed up and gone home.
As soon as I saw Brad Paisley’s “This Is Country Music” in the stack, I knew what the Disc of the Day was going to be. And it is.

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DISClaimer Single Reviews (12/1/10)

This week the newsmakers come not from the ranks of our country stars, but from the members of Nashville’s ever expanding pop/rock community.

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DISClaimer Single Reviews (11/24/10)

Before you dismiss this list as a pack of nobodies, check the fine print. Between them, these minor leaguers have ties to such major leaguers as The Bellamy Brothers, George Jones, Jason & The Scorchers, former Georgia Satellite Dan Baird, Kid Rock, Uncle Kracker and Charlie Daniels.

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Barry Tashian Headed For Boston Hall of Fame

Nashville singer, songwriter and musician Barry Tashian is to be inducted into the Boston Music Awards Hall of Fame on December 5 because of his 1960s career in the rock band The Remains. As Boston college students, The Remains were signed to Epic Records in New York, but came to Nashville in 1965 and 1966 […]

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DISClaimer Single Reviews (11/17/10)

The trend of the day is career transition. A number of name-brand stars are reinventing themselves by recording in varying shades of bluegrass.

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DISClaimer Single Reviews (11/10/10)

The top award this week is a toughie. Both Taylor Swift and Sugarland are absolutely at the tops of their games, and Darius Rucker isn’t far behind.

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Songwriter Ronny Scaife Passes

Hit country songwriter Ronny Scaife died Wednesday, November 3 at age 63. The creator of such hits as “The Whiskey Ain’t Workin,’” and “Hearts Are Gonna Roll,” suffered a brain hemorrhage at his home in Perry Country on October 25 and was life-flighted to St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville. He never regained consciousness. “He was […]

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Pinecastle Records Reopens Under New Ownership

The bluegrass label Pinecastle Records has been reactivated by its new owner, physician Dr. Lonnie Lassiter. One of the leading bluegrass imprints, the company was closed last February because of the health issues of its previous owner, Col. Tom Riggs. Lassiter purchased the company from the Riggs family in August, and the label began rebuilding […]

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DISClaimer Single Reviews (11/03/10)

There is nothing particularly earth shattering to report this week. The column is very much a mixed bag, everything from rocking Elvis to bluegrass Rhonda. Steven Dale Jones is holding down the singer-songwriter slot. Katie Armiger is here with youth appeal. Rosehill, Lathan Moore and Bill Rice have returned and confirmed themselves as promising. Our […]

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