Top Blues


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


Gary Clark Jr. Blak and Blu (Warner)

Sam Doores & Riley Downing Holy Cross Blues (Dollartone)

*Julian Fauth Treat a Stranger Right (Electro-Fi)

Various artists …First Came Memphis Minnie (Stony Plain)

Willie Buck Cell Phone Man (Delmark)

*Colin Linden Still Live (File Under: Music)

*Carolyn Fe Blues Collective Original Sin (independent)

Various artists Santa’s Got Mojo 2 (Electro-Fi)

*Declan O’Donovan Declan O’Donovan (independent)

Andre Williams Life (Alive Natural Sound)ZZ Top La Futura (Universal)

Billy Boy Arnold Billy Boy Arnold Sings Big Bill Broonzy (Electro-Fi)

*Bill Bourne (Songs From a Gypsy Caravan True North)

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

Alabama Shakes Boys & Girls (ATO)

Michael “Iron Man” Burks Show of Strength (Alligator)

Various artists Alive At The Deep Blues Fest (Alive Natural Sound)

Rick Estrin and the Nightcats One Wrong Turn (Alligator)

Ry Cooder Election Special (Nonesuch)

*Jim Byrnes I Hear The Wind In The Wires (Black Hen)

Muddy Waters & The Rolling Stones Live at the Checkerboard Lounge Chicago 1981 (Eagle)

Kelly Joe Phelps Brother Sinner & The Whale (Black Hen)