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Two key Real World releases are listed in the Chicago Sun Times' list of Top Ten Blues albums for 2004: Little Axe "Champagne and Grits" and Charlie Musselwhite's "Sanctuary":

Little Axe, "Champagne & Grits" (Real World): Think mixing blues with hip-hop would make you as sick as, say, champagne and grits? Well, Chris Thomas King proved it can be done successfully, and Grandmaster Flash alum Skip McDonald and his musical partners perfect the recipe here.

Charlie Musselwhite, "Sanctuary" (Real World): Even a boring Midwestern interstate feels like Highway 61 outside of Clarksdale, Miss., when you slip this harmonica great's finest album onto the car player. The indefatigable spirit of the American people is the one constant theme here.

In the same article:

Finally, blues artist of the year honors go to Charlie Musselwhite, for the towering achievement that was "Sanctuary" as well as career achievement.

Published 5th Jan 2005, 4:12pm »