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Volume III, Issue 27
December 28, 1999 - January 3, 2000  
 
Music

Featured Articles
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Pop Goes the Country [2]
Country music starts to reach again for crossover appeal, risking the very thing that makes it unique.
— Michael McCall, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
Careful Optimism [3]
It wasn't a bad year on Music Row, but it wasn't a great year either.
— Beverly Keel, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
Record Highs [4]
A feast of opinions on the decade's best in music.
TUCSON WEEKLY
 

Artist Profiles
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A Walking Contradiction [5]
Exploring the legacy of one of Austin's great, unsung singer-songwriters, Blaze Foley.
— Lee Nichols, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
A Honky-Tonk Song [6]
Profile of piano man Earl Poole Ball.
— Jerry Renshaw, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 

Now What? [8]
If you go gaga over the sultry smoothness of a symphonic glissando, just wait till you experience our transitions to cool and useful music links on the Web.
WEEKLY WIRE
 


LETTER FROM THE EDITOR:

D espite massive sales by the likes of Garth Brooks and Shania Twain, commercial country music is divided into a caste system where a handful of big names reap enormous profits while the majority of artists struggle desperately.

Nashville's Music Row was gloomy at the beginning of the year, as drooping sales and increasing promotional costs caught up with labels. Entering the new year, the panic may have subsided, but a great deal of worry remains.

The Tucson Weekly's eclectic bunch of music reviewers have submitted their lists of the best albums of the '90s, and what interesting lists they are!

Also, profiles of Austin's late, lamented Blaze Foley, Earl Poole Ball, and more.


Mini Reviews
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Boston Phoenix CD Reviews [7]

  • A Christmas Album
  • The Funky Precedent
  • Return of the DJ Vol. III
  • Mr. Hankey's Christmas Classics
  • Ringo Starr
  • Anonymous 4
  • Buck Owens and His Buckaroos

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