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BPR: Janiva Magness Reclaims #1: Karp & Foley, Anders Osbourne, Karen Lovely In Hot Pursuit

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Janiva Magness and Peter Karp & Sue Foley continue to stalk the #1 position at blues radio with Magness ending this week on top for the second time with Karp and Foley falling to second.

The big vault this week comes from Karen Lovely's Still The Rain, rising from the lower reaches of the chart all the way to #4. Lovely placed second at this year's International Blues Challenge and is looking to capitalize on that work and acclaim. I got a chance to see her do an impromptu set at Rum Boogie Cafe in Memphis and found her impressive. Note to self: pick up a copy of Still The Rain.

Another big player on this week's charts is Anders Osbourne, recently featured at NPR. He's actually been on the charts with his American Patchwork CD for a few weeks but he's moving upwards and as a result I picked up a copy when I was in Nashville at my favorite music store in the universe, Grimey's. I'll have more to report on Mr. Osbourne in coming weeks as I think he's going to be on these charts for some time.

The Billboard Blues chart isn't terribly interesting this week but there are a couple items worth reporting. For starters, all the touring and success at blues radio has led to sales at the cash register as Peter Karp & Sue Foley have reached #10. Magic Slim & The Teardrops' Raising The Bar debuts at #8.

Here is our BC Blues Power Rankings for the week:

  1. Janiva Magness – The Devil Is An Angel, Too
  2. Peter Karp / Sue Foley – He Said She Said
  3. Magic Slim & The Teardrops – Raising The Bar
  4. Karen Lovely – Still The Rain
  5. Otis Taylor – Clovis People, Vol. 3
  6. Anders Osborne – American Patchwork
  7. Moreland & Arbuckle – Flood
  8. Guitar Shorty – Bare Knuckle
  9. Shakura S'aida – Brown Sugar
  10. Rick Taylor – Lucky Room
  11. Mississippi Heat – Let's Live It Up
  12. Jimmy Reed – Very Best Of Jimmy Reed
  13. Dave Weld And The Imperial Flames – Burnin' Love
  14. The Kilborn Alley Blues Band – Better Off Now
  15. Jonny Lang – Live At The Ryman
  16. Nick Moss – Privileged
  17. Kirk Fletcher – My Turn
  18. Various Artist – Covering Clapton
  19. Jack De Keyzer – The Corktown Sessions
  20. The Holmes Brothers – Feed My Soul
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  • Tye L.

    I really don’t get the hype about Janiva Magness or Karen Lovely. Both are average run of the mill female blues vocalists, and Karen Lively’s debut disc that got her all of the attention was mostly covers of the same old tunes we hear in blues bars all of the time. Both are good, but I find their music choices and delivery rather boring and without real personality. I guess I just don’t understand all of the hype.

  • http://blogcritics.org/writers/josh-hathaway Josh Hathaway

    Tye, I’ve only heard Karen live one time at an impromptu set in Memphis. I’ll reserve further assessment until I get her new CD in and get to listen more closely.

    As for Janiva, I’m largely in the same boat as you. I reviewed an album of hers a couple years ago and was not moved or impressed. Her latest CD is an improvement but I think she gets more hype than is warranted.