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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Visitation Today For Late Nashville Vocal Legend Millie Kirkham

The ethereal soprano vocal backing Elvis Presley on the classic “Blue Christmas” [...]

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DISClaimer: A Santa Sack Full of Seasonal Sounds

As usual, Nashville artists have a Santa sack full of seasonal music for your [...]
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LifeNotes: Bob Montgomery

Bob Montgomery, one of the key figures in Nashville’s evolution into Music City USA, has died [..]

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DISClaimer: Mining For Songwriter Gold

The excitement in discovering new sounds is what I live for in these columns. And today I was [...]
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DISClaimer: Salute the Music

It’s Veterans’ Day. Actually the real holiday took place two weeks ago, but today’s DISClaimer
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DISClaimer: Nashville’s Eclectic Musical Map

The non-country side of Nashville is all over the musical map today. We have the Crescent City [...]
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DISClaimer: Daring Newcomers and One Shimmering Duet

Five fine current country male vocalists step up to the plate today. Relative newcomers James [...]
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DISClaimer: All Eyes On Country

All eyes are on country music this week. You’d think the genre would be firing on all cylinders. [
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DISClaimer: A Day For Duos

It’s a day for duos. Three of the best singles in this stack of platters come from duet teams. [..
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DISClaimer: Songs That Last

Competence is not greatness. Half of what we have here is competent work by journeymen [...]
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[Updated]: LifeNotes: Songwriting Great Paul Craft Passes

A memorial service for Paul Craft will be held in Nashville on Tuesday, Oct. 21, at West End [...]

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DISClaimer: Bluegrass In The Air

It’s fall, and there’s bluegrass pollen in the air. The awards celebration by Nashville’s […
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DISClaimer: County Music’s Sonic Diversity

One of the coolest things about this week’s collection of country music is its sonic diversity [
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DISClaimer: An Industry In Need of More Second Chances

If you ask me, the country-music industry could use a lot more second chances. Take Tim McGraw [...]
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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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