Fans mourn Kitty Wells, Funk Brothers bassist Bob Babbitt — and more from the world of pop music

- Fans are mourning two music greats who died on Monday, country icon Kitty Wells and Bob Babbitt, bassist of the legendary Motown house band, the Funk Brothers.


View Photo Gallery: She died in Nashville after complications from a stroke. Her recording of “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels” in 1952 was the first No. 1 hit by a woman soloist on the country music charts. Other hits included “Making Believe” and a version of “I Can’t Stop Loving You.”

- In today’s Post, Allison Stewart reviews the metal opus from Georgia band Baroness, Sarah Godfrey examines the reflective new album from rap vet Nas, and David Malitz gets lost in the blandness of the latest from JEFF the Brotherhood.

- And if you missed it, our pop music coverage from the past week:

- What happens when the party boy and the brooding cowboy share a stage? Emily Yahr reviews Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean at Merriweather.

- Post columnist and power-pop enthusiast John Kelly interviews the on-again-off-again-on-again founders of Squeeze.

- R&B adventurer Frank Ocean has released one of the finest albums of the year.

Chris Richards has been the Post's pop music critic since 2009. He's recently written about the joys of heavy metal drumming, the perils of "poptimism" and six months in the life of D.C. rapper Shy Glizzy.
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