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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LifeNotes: Actor-Singer J. Karen Thomas Passes

Nashville jazz chanteuse, songwriter, radio personality and film, stage and television actor [...]

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DISClaimer: Close Calls and Country Music

There are tough decisions to be made among the platters on tap this week. For someone who makes […
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LifeNotes: Classic Songwriter Don Robertson Passes

Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member Don Robertson has passed away at age 92. Robertson [...]

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Music Greats Rally Monday for Billy Block

The stars of Americana music are aligning to perform at today’s Ryman Auditorium celebration [...]

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DISClaimer: Country’s Fringe Offers Solid Benefits

In today’s exploration of the fringes of the country music world, I found plenty to like. [...]
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DISClaimer: A Return of Female Voices

Well, whaddaya know: There are seven female voices in this week’s column. That’s big news for the
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LifeNotes: Americana’s Impresario Billy Block Passes

Billy Block, one of the founding figures of the Americana music movement, has died at age 59 [...]

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LifeNotes: Country Songwriting Great Wayne Kemp Passes

Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member Wayne Kemp, who wrote hits for such superstars as [...]

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DISClaimer: Dreamers & Singers

This is a week for beginners. Fully eight of these 10 artists are making their debuts in the [...]
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LifeNotes: Services Set For Guitar Great James “Spider” Wilson

A celebration of the life of James “Spider” Wilson is scheduled for 1 p.m. this afternoon [...]

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DISClaimer: Disc of the Day Triple Play

It’s all stars, no waiting, here at the CRS convention in Music City. With the big-shot radio […
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LifeNotes: Songwriter-Keyboardist Bobby Emmons Passes

Renowned songwriter and session keyboardist Bobby Emmons died Monday night at age 72. [...]

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DISClaimer: A Slice of Americana

The women of Americana are in the spotlight more than ever this winter. Rosanne Cash swept all [...]
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Gospel Great Mosie Lister Passes

Gospel Music Hall of Fame member Mosie Lister has died at age 93 [...]

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DISClaimer: All Under The Country Umbrella

Oldie revivals, Euro-country, a teenager, redneck rocking and a Grammy TV success story — today’s
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LifeNotes: The Crickets Member Joe B. Mauldin Dies

Nashville lost one of its Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame members over the weekend when Joe B. [...]

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DISClaimer: Sans Bro Country, Nashville’s Songwriters Shine

With no bro country in sight this week, the Nashville songwriting community is strutting its [...]

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DISClaimer: Royal Tailor, For King & Country Light Up CCM

To say that DisClaimer is woefully behind in reviewing CCM recordings would be the [...]

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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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