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: Baby Acts Steal The Musical Thunder

The baby acts stole the thunder from the established stars this week. As much as I loved the [...]
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DISClaimer: Americana Serves Up Irresistible Tunes

There’s a lot to like in today’s survey of current Americana records. Both of the bands here, [...]
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DISClaimer: The Dueling Divas

Unquestionably the two best records in this stack belong to Martina McBride and Carlene Carter [...]
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DISClaimer: Tin Pan South Week

Since this is Tin Pan South week, it’s appropriate that this stack of platters is dominated by [...]
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DISClaimer: Curing Country Radio’s Dearth of Female Artists

It is pathetic how few women are on the Country charts these days. Meanwhile, pop radio embraces [...]
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Lifenotes: Elroy Kahanek

Kahanek is best known for his work in radio promotion. He was the vice president of Country promotion [...]

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DISClaimer: Two Vocal Beacons of Light

Amid a sea of mediocrity, we have two vocal beacons of light this week. They are David Nail and Joe Nichols [...]
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DISClaimer: Kings of Rock

Four of our major-label rock bands have new sounds this week. So be sure and check out the latest [...]
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DISClaimer: Sounds of Spring

I think I hear sounds of warmer days to come. Branch & Dean, Gwen Sebastian and Eric Paslay all [...]
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[Updated] Lifenotes: Penny DeHaven Passes

Funeral services for Penny DeHaven will be held Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 [...]

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LifeNotes: Billy Adair

As an instrumentalist, Billy Adair was noted as a founding member of the big bands The Establishment [...]

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DISClaimer: Welcome To CRS

Rolling out the red carpet for our broadcasting visitors this week are a Country Music Hall of [...]
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DISClaimer (2/12/14)

That leaves us with the disc which is offering something that’s always reliable, a grand vocalist [...]
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Lifenotes: Country Radio Disc Jockey Smokey Smith

Country Radio Disc Jockey Hall of Fame member Smokey Smith was buried Sunday (Feb. 9) in [...]

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Lifenotes: Gospel Icon Rev. Morgan Babb Passes

The Rev. Morgan Babb, a fixture of African-American radio in Music City for more than 50 years [...]

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DISClaimer (2/5/14)

The Disc of the Day prize goes to Hunter Hayes for a message song with melody in spades. This [...]
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Talent Agent Moeller Passes

Veteran country-music manager, talent agent and song publisher noted for his long-time association with Willie Nelson [...]

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DISClaimer: All Stars, No Waiting

It’s all stars, no waiting, in this week’s Country column. Most of them are in peak performance [...]
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