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Reverend Keith A. Gordon

Weekly Blues Music Report: Musical Chairs Again!

By February 5, 2013

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Charlie Musselwhite & Ben Harper's Get Up!The blues chart for the week ending February 9, 2013 is a game of musical chairs, again, with only a couple albums swapping positions but, otherwise, it's the same old gang that we've been watching for a few months now hogging the Top Ten chart positions.

There are no new releases this week to challenge any of these long-sitting albums, but one that slipped in beneath our radar last week just might be a contender. Harmonica wizard Charlie Musselwhite is a heavyweight by any standards, and he has teamed up with roots-rocker Ben Harper for the album Get Up! Offering up an energetic a mix of blues, gospel, roots-rock, and R&B, the album was recorded and produced by Harper in Los Angeles and features Musselwhite's flailing harp and Harper's serpentine slide-guitar playing. Get Up! debuts this week at number fourteen and just might jump into the Top Ten as word of mouth spreads on this vital musical collaboration.

Here are this week's Billboard Top Ten blues albums, ranked by sales:

10. Dr. John - Locked Down (Nonesuch Records)
9. Various Artists - Most Essential Blues (X5 Music Group)
8. Gary Clark, Jr. - The Bright Lights EP (Warner Brothers)
7. Joe Bonamassa - Driving Towards The Daylight (J&R Adventures)
6. Tedeschi Trucks Band - Everybody's Talkin' (Sony Masterworks)
5. Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa - Don't Explain (J&R Adventures)
4. Joe Bonamassa - Beacon Theater: Live From New York (J&R Adventures)
3. Buddy Guy - Live At Legends (Silvertone Records)
2. Bonnie Raitt - Slipstream (Redwing Records)
1. Gary Clark, Jr. - Blak and Blu (Warner Brothers)

Photo of Charlie Musselwhite & Ben Harper's Get Up! courtesy Stax Records

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