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: Top Song Scout Don Lanier Passes

During his 1980s tenure as Director of A&R for MCA Records in Nashville, Don Lanier found the songs [...]

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DISClaimer: A Session Full of Surprises

Today we have a listening session that’s full of surprises. Hats off to Maddie & Tae for [...]
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Country Artist George Riddle Passes

Country entertainer George Riddle died Sunday, July 20, in his home state of Indiana […]

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Journalist Lydia Dixon Harden Passes

Country-music journalist Lydia Dixon Harden passed away last week at age 55 [...]

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DISClaimer: An Americana Review

With master song craftspeople David Olney and Mary Gauthier celebrating new record releases in [...]
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DISClaimer: Championing The Underdogs

Yes, Luke Bryan has a new single, and, yes, it sounds good, and, yes, it is a hit. Nevertheless, my
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LifeNotes: Celebrated Photographer Hope Powell Passes

Hope Powell, the doyenne of Nashville’s celebrity photographers, has died at age 90. She was one [...]

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DISCLAIMER: Twin Towers of Talent

This listening session starred two twin towers of talent. The two best records of the week belong [.
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DISClaimer: Messina, Houser Deliver Solid Songs, Superb Vocals

When you get right down to it, I’m still a sucker for a great singer and/or a well-crafted song [
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DISClaimer: Nashville’s Pop/Rock Scene On Fire

The Nashville pop/rock community is on fire this summer. Last month, The Black Keys’ new album [..
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Songwriter Don Devaney Passes

Hit country songwriter Don Devaney died on Friday, June 6. His friends and family will gather […]

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DISClaimer: Veterans Vs. Youngsters

Today’s column pits veterans against youngsters. In the former column are such established talents
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LifeNotes: Singing Cowboy Herb Jeffries Passes

“The Bronze Buckaroo” has died at age 100. Herb Jeffries, who had that billing [...]

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LifeNotes: Fisk Jubilee Singers Leader Dies

Nashville music educator Matthew Kennedy, who led the renowned Fisk Jubilee [...]

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DISClaimer: The “Unstoppable” Hunter Hayes

Cyndi Harvell, Nora Collins, Michael-Ann and Maddie Deneault are all promising in various [...]
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LifeNotes: Steel Guitar Great Weldon Myrick Dies

Legendary steel guitarist Weldon Myrick has died at age 76. A fixture in the Grand Ole Opry house [...]

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DISClaimer: Enduring Stars and Charming Newcomers

With the CMA Music Fest right around the corner, it’s no surprise that this week’s stack of [...
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LifeNotes: Musician Bucky Doster Dies

Veteran Nashville musician Bucky Doster has died at age 91. Doster was a left-handed trombonist [...]

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DISClaimer: Americana Offers Overflow of Musical Riches

Americana music is much in the news this month. Its organization announced its 2014 awards nominees
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DISClaimer: Day of the Duos

The Disc of the Day prize goes to Dan + Shay, who are headed directly for stardom, in my [...]
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LifeNotes: IFCO’s Loudilla Johnson Passes

Loudilla Johnson, who co-founded the International Fan Club Organization (IFCO) died in Franklin, [...]

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DISClaimer: Gentlemen and a Lady

Just about everyone’s rocking this week, so summer must be just around the corner. The contest for
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DISClaimer: A Legend Leads The Way

A legend leads the way today. Timeless treasure Dolly Parton comes out swinging with the [...]
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DISClaimer: Using Country’s Not-So-Secret Weapon

Faced with a uniformly good smorgasbord of flavors, I’m falling back on songwriting quality as [..
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