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TOP 20: RE-CERTIFIED
A "star" is born. (9/16a)
RIAA HAS SOME GOOD NEWS TO SHARE
The vinyl renaissance is in full swing. (9/15a)
CHEWING ON BEST NEW ARTISTS: TATE MCRAE
Another of Beer and Glickman's 12 picks for the eight spots (9/15a)
KACEY TURNS A PAGE
A close reading of star-crossed (9/10a)
CHART FINAL: A CERTIFIED BLOCKBUSTER
The Toronto Raptor strikes again. (9/10a)
HITS' 35TH ANNIVERSARY
A chronicle of the inexplicable.
GRAMMY: ALBUM OF THE YEAR
We make yet more predictions, which you are free to ignore.
2022 TOURS
May we all be vaxxed by then.
ROCK'S NEW CHAPTER
Power pop, global glam and the return of the loud.
Music City
BILLY JOE SHAVER REMEMBERED
10/28/20

Singer/songwriter Billy Joe Shaver, one of the great voices of outlaw country and a massive influence on the genre as a whole, died on 10/28 in Waco, Texas, reportedly of a stroke. He was 81.

Our dear friend Holly Gleason has written a heartfelt remembrance of the man and his work. "An almost primitive writer, capable of great poetry and earth-cracking truths, Shaver’s gift was an odd gentleness, a vulnerability that recognized the failings of our mortal coil matched with a hell-raising, take-no-shit kind of reckless good-timing," she writes. You can read Holly's soulful essay, "I'm Gonna Catch Tomorrow Now: Billy Joe Shaver's Rowdy Tonk for Believers," in its entirety here.