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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Tina Turner Museum Opens In West Tennessee

Tennessee staked another claim as America’s premier music state with the dedication of [...]

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LifeNotes: Singer Priscilla Mitchell Passes

Priscilla Mitchell, best known for her hit duets with Grand Ole Opry star Roy Drusky, has died [...]

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DISClaimer: Dierks Bentley and a String of Newcomers

I always like it when there are plenty of newcomers in the week’s stack of platters. [...]
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[Updated] LifeNotes: Grand Ole Opry’s George Hamilton IV Passes

A Ryman Auditorium memorial service has been set for Grand Ole Opry star George Hamilton IV, who [...]

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LifeNotes: Gospel’s Speer Family Member Passes

Gospel Music Hall of Fame member Mary Tom Speer Reid died Tuesday in Nashville at age [...]

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DISClaimer: Male-Female Duos Find Musical Homes in Americana

It’s Americana week here in Music City. For some reason, this genre has lately been specializing [
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DISClaimer: The Boys Are Back In Town

Groups are in the spotlight today. The bands bearing the names of John D. Hale, Phillip Fox and [..
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DISClaimer: Comeback Kids

The trend of this listening session is the return of fondly remembered voices. Greeting us [...]
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DISClaimer: Country Music Stages A Comeback

Apparently, there are still a few record makers out there who still cherish our honky-tonk [...]
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DISClaimer: A Radio Slot For The Good Ol’ Boys

The good ol’ boys are back in full force. With this week’s announcement that Taylor Swift’s [...
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DISClaimer: Joe Nichols Wins Disc of the Day

The story today is told by the newcomer females. Three of them are vying for the DisCovery Award [
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DISClaimer: What’s In A Name?

There is no controversy about my choice for the Disc of the Day prize. Chris Young RULES.[...]
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LifeNotes: Music Business Vet Jimmy Key Passes

Veteran country song publisher and talent agency executive Jimmy Key died on Friday, [...]

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Birth of Country Museum Opens

In the summer of 1927, Victor Records talent scout Ralph Peer discovered two of country music’s [...]

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DISClaimer: The Summer Doldrums

Is this what they mean by the summer doldrums? I found nothing today that you can’t [...]
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LifeNotes: Top Song Scout Don Lanier Passes

During his 1980s tenure as Director of A&R for MCA Records in Nashville, Don Lanier found the songs [...]

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DISClaimer: A Session Full of Surprises

Today we have a listening session that’s full of surprises. Hats off to Maddie & Tae for [...]
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Country Artist George Riddle Dies

Country entertainer George Riddle died Sunday, July 20, in his home state of Indiana […]

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Journalist Lydia Dixon Harden Passes

Country-music journalist Lydia Dixon Harden passed away last week at age 55 [...]

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DISClaimer: An Americana Review

With master song craftspeople David Olney and Mary Gauthier celebrating new record releases in [...]
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