"Rich Wilhelm is a writer and editor who lives with his family in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, home of Blobfest. In addition to his high school and college newspapers, Rich's writing has appeared in Cool and Strange Music Magazine, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Arizona Republic. In addition to music writing, Rich is a certified volunteer tour guide at Philadelphia's historic Laurel Hill Cemetery. Rich can be found on Twitter @RichW217 and occasionally trying to make sense of his lifelong record collecting habit at his blog, Rich's House of Vinyl.
Our Best 20 Americana albums of 2019 are a multicultural, polysexual, cross-genre lineup of cool Americana music that, as with the best parts of the American promise, pays tribute to the musical wells from which they spring but also takes the artform wherever their rugged individualism and talent-rich hearts lead them.
The year in R&B and soul brought brilliant returns from music legends alongside artists pushing the boundaries of R&B past any limits. It's a genre where retro and futurism nestle cozily side by side. Here are the 15 best.