Who Will We Still Be Listening To in 2070? — Ask Randy Lewis

Veteran Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic Randy Lewis joined Sunset Scoop Staff Writers Tuesday night for Zoom chat — COVID-19 can’t keep us down.
Lewis revealed some personal news: He has accepted a buyout and is stepping down from the LA Times after 39 years of news, views, commentary and criticism and contemplating his next step.
Sitting in front of a bookcase crammed with old-school vinyl albums, Lewis also offered some insight into what’s most important to him as a critic: Not what we are listening to now, but who we will still be listening to in 50 years.
The Scoop couldn’t resist a late-night, oops-forgot-to-ask e-mail followup question: OK, Randy, who WILL we be listening to in 2070?
“As for the future musical standard bearers, I’ve long said I’m as interested in what Taylor (Swift) will be writing 5, 10, 15 years from now as what she’s doing,” Lewis said. “It’s early yet, but I really think Billie Eilish is going to turn out to be one for the ages.”
Also on the Lewis List: Kacey Musgraves, Jason Isbell, Margo Price and Sturgill Simpson. And, added Lewis, “I think Kendrick Lamar will be delivering interesting music for a long time to come.”

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