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: Underdogs Have Their Day in the Sun

The superstars are playing at the top of their game, but even underdogs have their day [...]
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LifeNotes: Music Journalist Bill Littleton Dies

Veteran country-music journalist Bill Littleton passed away last weekend in his home state of [...]

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LifeNotes: Bluegrass Song Great Dixie Hall Passes

Award-winning bluegrass songwriter and former top country-music journalist Dixie Hall has [...]

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DISClaimer: Starting The Year Off Bright

The winter skies may be unendingly gray, but this week’s country music sounds bright. Superstar [.
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LifeNotes: Nashville Nightclub Owner Rick Martin Passes

Rick Martin, one of the great personalities of the Nashville nightclub scene, passed away on [...]

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DISClaimer: Female Voices Make A Strong Showing in 2015

This past one was terrible for women in country music, so I am pleased to report that in the [...]
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Session Great Henry Strzelecki Passes

One of the greatest session musicians in Nashville recording history has passed away [...]

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Industry Mourns Jimmy Dickens

The public is invited to celebrate the life of the late, legendary Jimmy Dickens at both his [...]

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LifeNotes: Songwriter/Producer Ed Penney Dies

Veteran Nashville songwriter and producer Ed Penney died peacefully at home on Dec. 29 at age 89. [...]

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Nashville-Related Music Obituaries – 2014

As the year draws to a close, we pause to remember the folks we lost in 2014. The senior citizen [...]

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Award-Winning Singer-Songwriter Larry Henley Passes

Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member Larry Henley has died at age 77 [...]

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DISClaimer: Christmas Tidings

Here’s our “DISClaimer” column rounding up some of the rest of Nashville’s holiday musical [
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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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