It's the Better Late Than Never edition of our Blues Radio Report, another series that went on hiatus and I'm now reviving. It's also the Alligator Records edition as our friends at Alligator have the top two spots on the chart -- Jarekus Singleton and Selwyn Birchwood -- as well as entries from Joe Louis Walker and The Holmes Brothers. The venerable Ray Bonneville is in at #3 and Eden Brent's beautiful new record from Yellow Dog Jigsaw Heart is at #5. I'm also very pleased to see Mr. Ronnie Earl and his Broadcasters' latest record Good News in Roots
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Roots-rockers JJ Grey & Mofro hit the #1 at blues radio this week, knocking a fellow Alligator Records artist from the top perch. This River is the sixth release from Grey and his band and has been a hit at radio since its release and can now add this to its list of accolades and accomplishments. Last week's #1 was Hall of Famer James Cotton's latest record, a star-studded affair pairing the legendary harp master with some of the biggest names in music: Gregg Allman, Joe Bonamassa, Warren Haynes, Keb' Mo', and Delbert McClinton among them. Ronnie Earl's live album
Blues Hall Of Famer James Cotton has the #1 album at blues radio this week with his latest Alligator Records album Cotton Mouth Man. The famed harp master has played as a sideman with Muddy Waters and innerable other blues titans as well as a brilliant career as a bandleader. Gregg Allman, Delbert McClinton, and Keb' Mo' are just a few of the guests who join Cotton on his latest record and fans are snapping it up. Also on the chart this week are the recent releases from Duke Robillard, Ronnie Earl, Tinsley Ellis, and Big Bill Morganfield, the latter
Instrumental effort for guitarist Tinsley Ellis takes #1 this week...
Tinsley Ellis vaulted all the way to #1 this week at blues radio with his latest album Get It, an instrumental effort from the respected veteran guitarist. We like Tinsley quite a lot and we're especially pleased to see this effort at #1 as BlindedBySound contributor Joanie has photos that appear in the liner notes of this fine record. Ellis is followed by Blind Pig artist Sena Erhardt's All In and Alligator Records' JJ Grey & Mofro with their latest album This River. Big Bill Morganfield, one of two sons of Muddy Waters who have chosen the impossible task of
Top 20 albums at blues radio for the week ending April 12, 2013
Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite's collaboration Get Up! has been unseated by Devon Allman and Otis Taylor at blues radio this past week. Harper and Musselwhite are still in the mix at #3, followed by roots master Harry Manx and Jesse Dee to round out the Top 5. The amazing Ronnie Earl debuts at #7 with his latest live album Just For Today. Blues fans are still getting a heavy dose of Robert Cray's most recent album Nothin But Love and Shemekia Copeland's 33 1/3 while we also have Gary Clark Jr.'s Blak And Blu in the mix. Clark recently
Top 20 albums at blues radio for week of March 22, 2013...
Blues is in the blood, kids. That's the story for this week. Take a look at the names on these albums, the Top 20 albums at blues radio this past week: Shemekia Copeland (daughter of Johnny Copeland), Devon Allman (son of Gregg), Big Bill Morganfield (son of Muddy Waters), and John Lee Hooker Jr. (do I have to explain?). It's a family tradition. In the non-offspring division, we've got records from Otis Taylor, The Slide Brothers, Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton, and Robert Cray among the Top 10. The record among these I have to check out next is Big Bill's,
This week's Top 20 at Blues Radio is again headed up by the collaboration between Blues Hall of Famer Charlie Musselwhite and Ben Harper. The two first teamed up while guesting on an album by the late John Lee Hooker and now have a joint project for the reborn Stax label and it's been heating up the charts since its release. The new album from blues/roots master Otis Taylor, My World Is Gone comes in at #2 followed by Harry Manx, The Slide Brothers (great album, by the way, review forthcoming) and Shemekia Copeland's 33 1/3. I've listened to four
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Shemekia Copeland is once again our #1 this week at blues radio followed by Chris Smither, Robert Cray, and Gary Clark Jr. I've spent a good bit of time with the Cray and Copeland records and you might have read about Gary and his Blak & Blu album on this site once or twice so you might know I'm pleased with what's being played for the citizens. Our rising entrant this week comes from Ben Harper and Blues Hall of Famer Charlie Musselwhite. They've collaborated on an album called Get Up! for the reborn Stax imprint. The record doesn't get
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I don't want to look to see how long it's been since I checked out the top albums at Blues Radio according to the weekly Roots Music Report but I'm glad to check back in this week. I hope time permits me to spend some time talking about this week's #1: Shemekia Copeland's 33 1/3. I previewed it when I first got details about the album and have listened to it a few times since but haven't had time to tell you all the things I really like about it. I did review Robert Cray's Nothin' But Love last
Top 20 Albums at Blues Radio for the Week of March 30
I don't know how long it's been since we checked in at Blues Radio and looked at which albums were leading the way having run a double secret errand this week reminded me of this dormant column and got me in the mood to revisit it. The latest from Janiva Magness, Stronger For It, is topping charts this week with Joan Osbourne's Bring It On Home following her. If you're curious, yes, this is the same Joan Osbourne who had a huge hit in the '90s with "One Of Us." I wasn't a huge fan of that song but she's
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Blues Radio Report For Feb. 24, 2012
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Top 15 albums at blues radio for Week of Oct. 21, 2011...
Duke Robillard is our third #1 in the past three weeks as his Low Down & Tore Up takes the top spot at radio this week. It's exciting to see the shakeup of late after watching Gregg Allman's Low Country Blues and Tedeschi Trucks Band's Revelator camp out on top for weeks at a time. They're both great albums but change can be a good thing and Duke's record is a very, very good thing! Our previous two #1s Maria Muldaur's Steady Love and Ray Bonneville's Bad Man's Bloodcheck in second and third with George Thorogood and Hugh Laurie rounding out the Top 5. We got shakeup in terms of
Top 20 Albums at Blues Radio for the Week of October 14, 2011
We have a new #1 at Blues Radio this week! Ray Bonneville's two-week run at the top of the blues radio chart came to an end this week as Maria Muldaur's Steady Love vaults four spots to claim the #1 position. Bonneville slips one spot to #2, followed by Duke Robillard, George Thorogood & The Destroyers, and Warren Haynes' Man in Motion. There's another Allman Brothers Band guitarist in the Top 10 as former #1 Revelator from Tedeschi Trucks Band checks in at #6, followed by Moreland & Arbuckle, Ana Popovic, Hugh Laurie, and Carolyn Wonderland's Peace Meal. Of those Top 10 albums, I'm particularly partial
Here are the Top 20 Albums at Blues Radio for the Week of October 07, 2011
The story this week should be Ray Bonneville holding the top slot at blues radio for a second straight week and we will give Ray his due as Bad Man's Blood is an excellent album, but first we begin with a record that has taken the BlindedBySound family by storm: Gary Clark Jr's Bright Lights EP. To those of you hearing of Gary or his music for the first time, first of all, welcome. We cannot adequately express our love for Bright Lights but that hasn't stopped us from trying. We've posted numerous live clips and testimonials to just how
Top 15 Albums At Blues Radio For Week Of Sept. 30, 2011
Ray Bonneville's Bad Man's Blood vaults eight spots to unseat Tedeschi Trucks Band's Revelator from the #1 slot at blues radio according to Roots Music Report. It's a shocking but welcome development not because I don't love TTB but because it gives me enormous pleasure to think such a thoughtful, lyric-intensive album still captivates listeners. It's not a prototypical blues album at all but some radio programmers were willing to give the veteran storyteller a chance to connect with listeners. I hope they enjoyed it as much as I did. I still can't believe it hit #1. Bono was right: you miss too much these
Top 15 records at Blues Radio according to Roots Music Report for the week ending Sept. 16, 2011...
A 10-spot surge by Kenny 'Blues Boss' Wayne couldn't unseat Tedeschi Trucks Band as the #1 album at blues radio, but it was enough to send him soaring to #2. The rest of the Top 5 is Hot Tuna, Tab Benoit's Medicine, and Terry Hanck's Look Out!. Kenny Wayne Shepherd's How I Go hasn't been this high in a little while and is probably the only other major difference this week compared to last as he edges in at #14. From there, we have mostly albums that have been part of our Top 15 for quite some time. I predicted a shakeup
Blues Radio Report for Week of 9/9/11...
Stop me when you've heard this before: Tedeschi Trucks Band is the #1 album at blues radio. It's funny though; the long runs at #1 by Tedeschi Trucks and earlier Gregg Allman started to make me yawn a bit to the point I forgot why these records have been so successful. I didn't listen to Revelator in its entirety this week but did hear a few of my favorite songs from it and I remember what I like about it so much. They're joined in the Top 5 by Hot Tuna (a record I still need to hear), Tab Benoit's Medicine, Rod Piazza's Almighty Dollar and Terry
Blues Radio Top 15: Week of Aug. 26, 2011
It's time once again to take a look at the Top 15 albums at blues radio according to the Roots Music Report. We don't have a lot of turnover in the charts this week but I've really loved some of these records and am eager to check out a few I've not yet heard. Tedeschi Trucks Band's outstanding Revelator continues to top our charts, followed by the Anders Osborne-produced Medicine by Tab Benoit. Benoit moves up a couple slots this week and Tracy Nelson slips just outside the Top 5. TTB and Benoit are joined by Terry Hanck, Hot Tuna, and Rod Piazza in
Here are the Top 15 Records at Blues Radio according to Roots Music Report for the Week of Aug. 19, 2011.
Tab Benoit makes a huge leap this week back into the Top 5 and Tedeschi Trucks Band's Revelator continues its hold on the top spot. Tracy Nelson's Victim Of The Blues moves up a couple slots to #2 with Hot Tuna and Terry Hanck replaces Gregg Allman in the Top 5. I like so many of the records on the chart. I haven't listened to some of them since I reviewed them but seeing them all here makes me want to go back and revisit them, and I will if I ever get caught up on the stack of review
Top 20 at Blues Radio for Week of Aug. 12, 2011
Slowly but gradually I'm getting the news of the past week updated on the site, including the Blues Radio Report.Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi continue their hold on the #1 slot with Hot Tuna, Tracy Nelson, Booker T. Jones, and Gregg Allman filling out the Top 5. It's amazing the love people continue to have for Allman's record, which has been a firmly ensconced in the Top 5 since its January release, spending months at #1. I see a lot of familiar names in familiar places as I skim the Top 20. There are a slew of blues releases set
Top 15 Albums at Blues Radio, Week of July 29, 2011
I made good on last week's pledge and did, in fact, check out the latest from Booker T. Jones and in a stunning upset managed to get it reviewed before this week's edition of the Blues Radio Report and The Road From Memphis is once again a Top 5 album. Tedeschi Trucks Band seems like they'll be in the #1 slot for awhile longer, although there are some major releases due out this week (check our NewMusicTuesday feature this week to find out about them) and more on the way in the coming weeks. Tedeschi Trucks and Jones are joined
Another week at #1 for Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi...
This week's blues chart is giving me the blues; I finally finish my long-delayed review of Marcia Ball's Roadside Attractions and she falls out of the Top 5 for the first time in ages. I feel like I owe her an apology. If it makes her feel any better, I like Roadside. Tedeschi Trucks Band's Revelator is once again our #1 this week, followed by Hot Tuna, Tracy Nelson, Booker T. Jones, and Gregg Allman. I haven't heard any of the middle three records yet but they've all been fixtures near the top of the chart so I'll be looking
Marcia Ball, Hot Tuna, Ben Waters, and Gregg Allman round out the Top 5 at blues radio...
It always makes me happy to see a lot of albums I've reviewed when I scan the weekly blues radio report not because I require the validation but because it makes me feel like I'm plugged in to what's happening on the circuit. Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi's Revelator is back #1 this week. I'm glad they've reclaimed the top spot the same week I rediscover the album. I know I've been promising this for awhile but I really am close to finishing my Marcia Ball review. Roadside Attractions has been a #1 album and remains a lock in
Top 15 Albums At Blues Radio For Week of July 08, 2011
We've been putting the same albums in a blender and jumbling the order but it's been largely the same names and records of late. Ben Waters' tribute to the late Ian Stewart moves back to #1, nudging aside Tedeschi Trucks Band's Revelator. Marcia Ball, Hot Tuna, and the latest from Booker T. Jones round out the Top 5. Gregg Allman's Low Country Blues was #1 for several consecutive weeks but finally seems to be losing steam. It's been a hell of a run for the legendary vocalist considering it's still in the Top 10 and the record was released in
Top Albums At Blues Radio, Week of July 1, 2011.
I expected Tedeschi Trucks Band's Revelator would top the blues radio chart when I saw it doing so well in the weeks leading up to its release. It's out now and it continues gaining momentum, culminating in the #1 slot this week. Marcia Ball slips a spot to number two, followed by Hot Tuna, former number one Gregg Allman, and the latest from Booker T. Jones. Steve Miller Band's Let Your Hair Down hadn't been a factor on the charts of late but it makes a comeback this week, joining recent releases from Tommy Castro, Tab Benoit, and Rory Black.
Marcia Ball, Gregg Allman, Tedeschi Trucks Band Boogie Past Ian Stewart Tribute Album At Blues Radio
Eric Bibb's live set also makes big weekly surge...
Marcia Ball and Gregg Allman have returned to the top two slots of the Blues Radio Report after a one-week takedown by Ben Waters' tribute to the late Ian Stewart. They are joined in the Top 5 by that tribute record, Tedeschi Trucks Band, and the late Solomon Burke and De Dijk's Hold On Tight. Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi's combined effort Revelator is a decent bet to take the #1 slot at some point. It's an excellent listen and one that generated a lot of interest before its release. The record is now out, the band is touring, and
We have #1 at blues radio this week...
We have a winner and it seems an unlikely source considering how long it's been out in stores but the Ben Waters-led tribute to the late Ian Stewart has toppled Marcia Ball and Gregg Allman, our longtime residents at the top of the chart, to claim the crown this week at blues radio. The new Tommy Castro & Friends set recorded on the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise has made a move on this week's charts and see the return of Big Head Todd & The Monsters' tribute to Robert Johnson. With a couple big blues titles due to release
Hot Tuna, Marcia Ball #1 At Blues Radio; Tedeschi Trucks Band Continues Strong In 1st Week of Release
Blues Radio Report for Week of June 10, 2011...
In my effort to keep my finger on the pulse of the blues world, we once again examine both the BluesMobile and RootsMusicReport blues radio charts. As a result, we have two #1 albums this week: Hot Tuna and Marcia Ball. I've yet to hear either of these records, so I've got some homework ahead of me. Blues Mobile has Hot Tuna at #1, followed by Warren Haynes, Tab Benoit, Joe Bonamassa, and Ball. Over at RMR, Ball is #1 followed by Ben Waters' Ian Stewart tribute, Gregg Allman, Solomon Burke and De Dijk, and Rory Block. Elsewhere on the