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Blues Power Rankings: Pinetop Perkins & Willie “Big Eyes” Smith Back at #1

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Pinetop Perkins and Willie “Big Eyes” Smith were only temporarily displaced from the #1 slot at blues radio and the Blues Power Rankings.  They return, still Joined At The Hip,‘ to the top spot this week, followed by Have Blues, Will Travel from Smokin’ Joe Kubek and Bnois King (my review of that album should be up this week; it’s in progress as we speak).  Last week’s #1, Name The Day! from John Nemeth falls to #3.  He’s followed by Janiva Magness’ The Devil Is An Angel, Too and Magic Slim & The Teardrops’ Raising The Bar.

The latest from veteran Elvin Bishop, Red Dog Speaks, has found a place in the Top 10 and Travis ‘Moonchild’ Haddix’s A Dozen Times debuts in the Top 10.  I don’t have either of these yet so I’m going to have to get them soon and give them both a listen.

Recent favorites from Anders Osbourne, Bettye LaVette, Peter Karp & Sue Foley, Nick Moss, and Moreland & Arbuckle continue to command spins at radio as do even newer titles like Otis Taylor’s Clovis People Vol. 3, Tim Woods’ Blues Sessions, Mississippi’ Heat’s Let’s Live It Up, and Mitch Woods’ Gumbo Blues.

I’m also happy to report I got my copy of Karen Lovely’s Still The Rain and if things go according to plan, I’ll be reviewing it when I finish with Smokin’ Joe & Bnois King.  I’ve listened to it a couple times since getting it this week and have jotted down some notes, so I’m hoping to have that up soon.  I really need to stop “writing checks” and get back to writing reviews.

Here is this week’s Blues Power Rankings, the hottest albums at blues radio this week, presented for your dancing and dining pleasure courtesy of RootsMusicReport.

  1. Pinetop Perkins / Willie ‘Big Eyes’ Smith – Joined At The Hip
  2. Smokin’ Joe Kubek & Bnois King – Have Blues, Will Travel
  3. John Nemeth – Name The Day!
  4. Janiva Magness – The Devil Is An Angel, Too
  5. Magic Slim & The Teardrops – Raising The Bar
  6. Elvin Bishop – Red Dog Speaks
  7. Anders Osborne – American Patchwork
  8. Travis ‘Moonchild’ Haddix – A Dozen Times
  9. Bettye LaVette – Interpretations – The British Rock Songbook
  10. Les Copeland – Don’t Let The Devil In
  11. Tim Woods – The Blues Sessions
  12. Mississippi Heat – Let’s Live It Up
  13. Peter Karp / Sue Foley – He Said She Said
  14. Otis Taylor – Clovis People, Vol. 3
  15. Delaney & Bonnie & Friends – On Tour With Eric Clapton (Deluxe Edition)
  16. Mitch Woods – Gumbo Blues
  17. Walter Trout – Common Ground
  18. Karen Lovely – Still The Rain
  19. Moreland & Arbuckle – Flood
  20. The Derek Trucks Band – Roadsongs
  21. Clothesline Revival – They Came From Somewhere
  22. Mark Hummel – Retro-Active
  23. Kirk Fletcher – My Turn
  24. Nick Moss – Privileged
  25. Cyril Neville – The Essential Cyril Neville
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