Top Blues

This month’s recommended listening by Brad Wheeler, music writer for the Globe and Mail ( and Twitter: bwheelerglobe)


Ry Cooder Election Special (Nonesuch)

Bobby Womack The Bravest Man in the Universe (XL)

Rockin’ Johnny Band Grim Reaper (Delmark)

Suzie Vinnick Live At Bluesville (independent)*

Tedeschi Trucks Band Everybody’s Talkin’ (Sony)

Debbie Davies After the Fall (MC)

Memphis Boys The Story of American Studios (Ace)

Dr. John Locked Down (Nonesuch)

Guy Davis The Adventures of Fishy Waters: In Bed with the Blues(Smokeydoke)

JW-Jones Seventh Hour (Solid Blues) *

Rick Estrin & the Nightcats One Wrong Turn (Alligator)

Willis Earl Beal Acousmatic Sorcery (XL)

Cameo Blues 10,000 Hours (Make It Real) *

Blodwyn Pig and Mick Abrahams’ Band Radio Sessions 69 to 71(Secret Records)

Roosevelt Sykes Live At Webster College 1974 (Document Records)

Donny Hathaway Live (Shout)

Quintus McCormick Still Called The Blues (Delmark)

Andre Williams & Sadies Night & Day (Outside)

Colin James Stone Faith (EMI) *

Paul Reddick Wishbone (independent)*

Cold Specks I Predict a Graceful Expulsion (Arts & Crafts)*

Alabama Shakes Boys & Girls (ATO)

catl Soon This Will All Be Gone (Weewerk) *

Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials Jump Start (Alligator)