By Chuck Arnold Kevin O'Donnell
February 11, 2013 12:00 PM

>BEN HARPER WITH CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE

Get Up!

Harper and the harmonicist make a righteously bluesy twosome, digging into rootsy originals that feel gritted up from decades of dirt and dust. The old-time gospel of “We Can’t End This Way” gets an amen. []

GARY ALLAN

Set You Free

This cowboy has one of the year’s best country singles in his hit “Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain),” on which he gives comfort to weather-beaten hearts. Luckily, Allan doesn’t run out of good tunes for most of his latest, only losing steam toward the end. []

THE LONE BELLOW

The Lone Bellow

The current alt-folk movement led by Mumford & Sons, the Lumineers and even Phillip Phillips continues with this Brooklyn trio fronted by Zach Williams. Rich in Americana—and harmonies—their debut album is rustic resplendence. []

CHARLIE WILSON

Love, Charlie

Delivering his new album on his 60th birthday (Jan. 29), Uncle Charlie shows that he is still smooth—if not surprising—at grown-folks romance on slow jams like “Our Anniversary” and the adult-R&B hit “My Love Is All I Have.” []

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