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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BREAKING: Opry Matriarch Jean Shepard Passes At 82

Honky-tonk siren, independent-female country pioneer, Grand Ole Opry matriarch and Country Music […]

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DISClaimer: Honoring The Heart Of Americana

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LifeNotes: Songwriting Great John D. Loudermilk Passes

Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member John D. Loudermilk has died at age 82 following […]

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Big Americana Awards Go To Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell

Chris Stapleton and Jason Isbell claimed top honors at the 15th annual Americana Music Awards […]

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LifeNotes: Beach Music Kingpin Clifford Curry Passes

Funeral services for Nashville’s soul music mainstay Clifford Curry were held in Knoxville […]

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LifeNotes: Pedal Steel Pioneer Bud Isaacs Passes

Bud Isaacs, who made country music history as the first person to play the pedal steel guitar on […]

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DISClaimer: Jennifer Nettles, The Band Perry Offer Charming New Tracks

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LifeNotes: Comic Singer-Songwriter Kacey Jones Passes

Nashville singer-songwriter Kacey Jones passed away on Sept. 1. She was 66 years old. […]

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DISClaimer: David Nail, Brandy Clark, Billy Ray Cyrus Stand Out

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LifeNotes: Fiddle Great Hoot Hester Passes

Longtime Opry staff fiddler Hoot Hester has died at age 65. Hester joined the Grand Ole Opry staff band […]

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