B.B. King, Eric Clapton Riding In Cruise Control

Guitarists' duets album continues to outsell all other blues records in its second week in stores.

The early summer doldrums appear to have taken hold of the

Billboard Top Blues albums chart and the Gavin

Americana airplay chart.

The main exception would be the latest unpredictable outing

by Willie Nelson, who, in

league with his

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Gavin chart, with Me and the Drummer (Luck).

Otherwise, it's B.B. King

and Eric Clapton,

cruising along atop the blues chart for the second straight

week, with Riding With the King, thanks to the pair's

star power and songs such as King's "Three O'Clock Blues"



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standard "Come Rain or Come Shine" (


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Meanwhile, over in radio land, Steve

Earle's Transcendental Blues, which

includes the

COLOR="#003163">Pogues–like romp "Galway

Girl" (


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Than This" (


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on the Gavin chart.

Nelson, the nominally country singer/guitarist who is a

semifinalist in this year's nominations for the Rock and Roll

Hall of Fame, has loaded up Me and the Drummer

available only over the Internet — with tons of

interactive goodies to go with its 13 new songs.

According to his label's Web site, luckrecords.com, the

enhanced CD features a "who's-who of country music,"

including Johnny Cash,

Waylon Jennings,

COLOR="#003163">Kris Kristofferson,

COLOR="#003163">Neil Young,

COLOR="#003163">Kinky Friedman, "Governor of Texas

George W. Bush and former Governor Ann Richards."

"Explore excerpts of a video about Willie's early life to

discover why his grandmother was upset about Willie's first

road gig ... almost eight miles from his hometown," the site

promises. (An unenhanced version of the CD can be heard in

its entirety, through broadcast.com.)

The rest of the Americana top 10 is:

COLOR="#003163">Nickel Creek, Nickel Creek,

at #2; Todd Snider,

Happy To Be Here, at #3; Neil

Young, Silver & Gold, at #4;

COLOR="#003163">Joe Ely, Live at Antone's,

at #5; Pat Green,

Carry On, at #6, switching places with the #7 Coast

to Coast Live, by BR5-49; Stacey Earle, Dancin' With Them That Brung Me, at #8; Tim O'Brien & Darrell

Scott move from #11 to #9; and

COLOR="#003163">Peter Case, Flying Saucer

Blues, is #10.

Rounding out the top 10 on the blues chart are:

COLOR="#003163">Johnnie Taylor, Gotta Get the

Groove Back, at #2; Stevie Ray

Vaughan and Double Trouble, Blues at

Sunrise, at #3; Kenny Wayne

Shepherd Band, Live On, at #4; B.B. King,

Makin' Love Is Good for You, at #5; Stevie Ray Vaughan

and Double Trouble, The Real Deal: Greatest Hits Volume

2, at #6; Jonny

Lang, Wander This World, at #7,

switching places with the #8 Circle, by

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COLOR="#003163">Albert King with Stevie Ray

Vaughan, In Session, at #9, switching places with the

#10 Loud Guitars, Big Suspicions, by

COLOR="#003163">Shannon Curfman.