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: An Eclectic, Star-Studded Lineup

Is it because of Sunday’s ACM telecast that so many stars are lined up for this week’s [...]
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LifeNotes: Songwriter/Actor Nancy Montgomery Passes

The life of Nancy Montgomery will be celebrated on May 1 at Greater [...]

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LifeNotes: “Golden Age” Arranger Chuck Sagle Passes

A producer, arranger and conductor from the “golden age” of rock ’n’ roll passed away in [...]

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DISClaimer: Outlaws and Loser’s Lyrics Sound Good

Spring has sprung, and country sounds fill the air. My favorite thing about this listening [...]
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LifeNotes: Music Man Doug Gilmore Passes

Doug Gilmore — who made his mark as a songwriter, TV producer and artist manager — passed [...]

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LifeNotes: Ballet Maven Jane Fabian Passes

Jane Fabian, a key figure in the classical dance world in Nashville for more than 40 years, [...]

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LifeNotes: R.I.P. Nashville R&B Vet Audrey Bryant

Vintage Nashville singer Audrey Bryant passed away last week at age 76. Bryant died on April 7. Her [...]

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LifeNotes: Grammy-Winning Picker Tut Taylor Passes

Dobro master Tut Taylor has died in North Carolina at age 91. The former Nashvillian recorded [...]

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DISClaimer: Americana Packs Musical Firepower

The Americana genre is bringing out its big guns this spring. Such core artists as [...]
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LifeNotes: Singer-Songwriter Sandy Mason Passes

Nashville singer-songwriter Sandy Mason died in Ormond Beach, Fla., on Wednesday afternoon [...]

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DISClaimer: A Celebration of Songwriting

It all begins with a song. The thing that unites all of the standout records this week is that they
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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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