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Charlie Musselwhite’s The Well Top 10 Debut; James & Rynn, Parcek Return To Charts

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There were three major blues releases this week and I worked feverishly to get all three reviewed this week in time for the weekly Blues Power Rankings.  Guess which album debuted in the Top 10?  Yep, the one I haven’t finished reviewing yet.  Welcome to my world.

Enough about me, though.  We’ve got some great albums that are heating up blues radio and we should talk about that.  Let’s start with the album I’ve not yet reviewed that made that Top 10 review: Charlie Musselwhite’s The Well.  I’ve listened to it a couple times since getting it Tuesday and it has really grown on me.  The Well is his first album since his Blues Music Award-winner Delta Hardware.  We’ll discuss this album in greater detail, and soon.

Let’s look at a couple other things on the chart that have pleased me.  How about the major surge by Peter Parcek and his excellent Mathematics Of Love record?  I haven’t written a full review of the album yet but I’ve written about a couple songs from this in the weekly BPR 6-Pack; this is a very good record.  We’ve also got the return to the charts of Chris James & Patrick Rynn’s Gonna Boogie Anyway.  I’ve never understood why this album hasn’t charted higher and more consistently.  Many blues fans loved their debut and this follow-up is every bit its equal.  I’m thrilled to see it back in the mix this week.

I really like the look of this week’s charts.  I’d also like to point out I finally made good on my promise to finish the Karen Lovely review.  She’s in at #30 this week with Still the Rain, an album that has moved up and down the charts from week to week and a record I really love.

  1. Pinetop Perkins / Willie ‘Big Eyes’ Smith – Joined At The Hip
  2. Janiva Magness – The Devil Is An Angel, Too
  3. Elvin Bishop – Red Dog Speaks
  4. Albert Castiglia – Keepin On
  5. Magic Slim & The Teardrops – Raising The Bar
  6. John Nemeth – Name The Day!
  7. Charlie Musselwhite – The Well
  8. Smokin’ Joe Kubek & Bnois King – Have Blues, Will Travel
  9. Peter Parcek – The Mathematics Of Love
  10. Walter Trout – Common Ground
  11. Tim Woods – The Blues Sessions
  12. Steve Miller Band – Bingo!
  13. Dr. John And The Lower 911 – Tribal
  14. JJ Grey & Mofro – Georgia Warhorse
  15. The Derek Trucks Band – Roadsongs
  16. Foghat – Last Train Home
  17. Jimmie Vaughan – Plays Blues, Ballads & Favorites
  18. Davis Coen – Jukebox Classic
  19. Bettye Lavette – Interpretations – The British Rock Songbook
  20. Les Copeland – Don’t Let The Devil In
  21. Mississippi Heat – Let’s Live It Up
  22. Otis Taylor – Clovis People, Vol. 3
  23. Bob Corritore & Friends – Harmonica Blues
  24. Shakura S’aida – Brown Sugar
  25. Moreland & Arbuckle – Flood
  26. Anders Osborne – American Patchwork
  27. Chris James & Patrick Rynn – Gonna Boogie Anyway
  28. Eddie Turner – Miracles & Demons
  29. Mitch Kashmar & The Pontiax – 100 Miles To Go
  30. Karen Lovely – Still The Rain
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  • Joanie

    Nice to see Chris & Patrick back on the charts. And it’s wonderful to see Karen remain in the top 30!

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

    I’m glad to see a lot of these records on the charts. Can’t believe Duke and Ronnie didn’t make it in week one!