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Age Before Beauty: Pinetop Perkins & Willie “Big Eyes” Smith #1 on Blues Power Rankings

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Another week, another new #1. After seeing Peter Karp and Sue Foley’s magical He Said She Said hold the top spot for weeks at a time, we’re seeing some volatility with our third #1 in as many weeks. This week Pinetop Perkins & Willie “Big Eyes” Smith’s Joined At The Hip ascends to the top with last week’s #1 from Magic Slim & The Teardrops sliding one spot.

A few other random thoughts/observations for the charts this week:

  • Nick Moss’ Privileged rode the Top 5 in the weeks surrounding its release in March but has since been firmly lodged in the 9-11 range, rarely moving any further up or down.
  • Jonny Lang’s Live at The Ryman has been on our charts for awhile and Lang is currently on his ‘Live By Request’ tour in which he is allowing fans to help choose a portion of his setlist each night from his web site. BC Asst. Music Editor Donald Gibson got to spend some time talking with Lang and the conversation is a compelling look at an artist in transition.
  • I had finally caught up on a good chunk of the top of the charts but with this recent movement it looks like I’m going to have to bust out the wallet. I need get ahold of Kubek & King’s record as well as this new one from Otis Taylor. I’m going to have to get my reviews of Janiva and Slim’s record done soon while they’re both high in the charts, even though I have a hunch they’ll be here for awhile longer.
  • Speaking of reviews, several of the albums on this chart have been reviewed here at Blogcritics. If you want to know more about the records on this chart check ‘em out: Pinetop & Willie, Janiva Magness, Anders Osborne, Nick Moss, Peter Karp & Sue Foley, Moreland & Arbuckle, Jonny Lang (those reviews were written by Blogcritics staff writer John Taylor, BC Asst. Music Editor Donald Gibson, and me).
  • Over at Billboard, Steve Miller Band’s first album in 17 years is the #1 on the Blues Charts.  Bingo! is Miller’s blues covers album.
  • Many of these artists are among the nominees for Living Blues Magazine’s Annual Readers’ Poll.  You can vote through July 15.
  • And lastly… don’t forget about the Blues Power Rankings 6-Pack, the part two of the BPR each week where I give you a preview of six songs from albums you read about on the BPR charts.

Here is this week’s Blues Power Rankings, courtesy of Roots Music Report.

  1. Pinetop Perkins / Willie ‘Big Eyes’ Smith – Joined At The Hip
  2. Magic Slim & The Teardrops – Raising The Bar
  3. Janiva Magness – The Devil Is An Angel, Too
  4. Smokin’ Joe Kubek & Bnois King – Have Blues, Will Travel
  5. Otis Taylor – Clovis People, Vol. 3
  6. Johnny Moeller (with Kim Wilson, Louann Barton, Shawn Pittman) – Bloogaloo!
  7. Anders Osborne – American Patchwork
  8. John Nemeth – Name The Day!
  9. Cyril Neville – The Essential Cyril Neville
  10. Harper – Stand Together
  11. Elvin Bishop – Red Dog Speaks
  12. Nick Moss – Privileged
  13. Karen Lovely – Still The Rain
  14. Cee Cee James – Seriously Raw – Live At Sunbanks
  15. Various Artist – This Is The Blues, Volume Two
  16. Johnny Charles – Stratified
  17. Peter Karp / Sue Foley – He Said She Said
  18. Mississippi Heat – Let’s Live It Up
  19. Moreland & Arbuckle – Flood
  20. Guitar Shorty – Bare Knuckle
  21. Clothesline Revival – They Came From Somewhere
  22. Jonny Lang – Live At The Ryman
  23. Foghat – Last Train Home
  24. Peter Parcek – The Mathematics Of Love
  25. Daddy Mack Blues Band – Bluesfinger
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