Allman Holds at #1; Del Grosso/Richardson Surges Towards The Top at Blues Radio

Blues Radio Report for February 18, 2011...
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This week we give the Blues Radio Report a little different spin. Rather than showing you the tops of a couple charts, I'm giving you the Top 50 according to Roots Music Report. The reason? There are some really good albums we haven't talked about in awhile and in some cases some we've yet to discuss that fall below my usual cutoff point. We'll start at the top where Gregg Allman's Low Country Blues continues its reign but then we're looking at some of those other gems.

I'm thrilled to see Rich Del Grosso and Jonn Del Toro Richardson's Time Slips On By making a major surge this week and glad to see Damon Fowler's Devil Got His Way continues its upward trajectory. Boulder's own Big Head Todd & The Monsters have been participating in the Robert Johnson Centennial celebration and their latest album makes its debut in the Top 10 this week.

Let's skim the rest of our chart here and highlight a few albums that have been out a while you may have missed: I'm particularly gratified to see Chris James & Patrick Rynn's Gonna Boogie Anyway getting an uptick in radio play. I get the sense too many of you missed this one and it was one of the best blues releases last year and that is saying something because 2010 was stacked. If you care about great ensemble Chicago blues, this is a record for you.

Duke Robillard's Passport To The Blues is another record from last year that is just phenomenal. Passport is Duke's return to pure blues but I get the sense too many of you may have missed this even though it spent time higher in the charts when it was released. The same holds true for Peter Karp & Sue Foley's brilliant He Said She Said. It hit #1 on the charts last year and actually finished in the Top 5 for the year but it got shut out at the BMAs as well and that's criminally negligent. If you care about little things like intelligent lyrics and great vocals, you should not let one more minute of your life pass before adding this to your collection.

The Sugar Prophets reached the finals of the 2011 International Blues Challenge. Their self-titled debut is available digitally at iTunes, Amazon, and CDBaby and the physical release will be making its way to online retailers soon. Sugar Prophets features former Kilborn Alley Blues Band harp ace Joe Asselin, who swaps his harmonica for a guitar as a member of SP. I keep meaning to download this one and I will as soon as I whittle down the stack of review material presently on my desk.

Here is your Top 50 Blues Albums According to Roots Music Report:

  1. Gregg Allman - Low Country Blues
  2. Roomful Of Blues - Hook, Line & Sinker
  3. Buddy Guy - Living Proof
  4. Charlie Musselwhite - The Well
  5. Damon Fowler - Devil Got His Way
  6. Studebaker John's Maxwell Street Kings - That's The Way You Do
  7. Rich Del Grosso & Jonn Del Toro Richardson - Time Slips On By
  8. Eric Clapton - Clapton
  9. Eden Brent - Ain't Got No Troubles
  10. Big Head Todd And The Monsters - Big Head Blues Club - 100 Years Of Robert Johnson
  11. Popa Chubby - The Essential Popa Chubby
  12. Sam Henry - Treme Soul -- New Orleans Gumbo
  13. John-Alex Mason - Jook Joint Thunderclap
  14. Reverend Raven & The Chain Smokin' Altar Boys - Shake Your Boogie
  15. James Cotton - Giant
  16. Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters - Spread The Love
  17. Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band - Live! In Chicago
  18. Dave Specter - Spectified
  19. Lynwood Slim & The Igor Prado Band - Brazilian Kicks
  20. Lucky Peterson - You Can Always Turn Around
  21. Claudette King - We're Onto Something
  22. James Kinds - Love You From The Top
  23. Rockin' Johnny - Now's The Time
  24. Various Artist - Alligator Records 40th Anniversary Collection
  25. Kenny Neal - Hooked On Your Love
  26. Curley Bridges - Blues Piano Rama
  27. Mel Brown - Love, Lost And Found
  28. Johnny & The Motones - Nothin' To Lose
  29. Elvin Bishop - Red Dog Speaks
  30. Chris James & Patrick Rynn - Gonna Boogie Anyway
  31. JP Blues - I Will Not Go Quietly
  32. Pete Anderson - Even Things Up - Deluxe Edition
  33. Rita Chiarelli - Sweet Paradise
  34. The Delta Flyers - Sixteen Bars
  35. Stoney Curtis Band - Cosmic Conn3ction
  36. Sabrina Weeks & Swing Cat Bounce - Tales From Lenny's Diner
  37. JW-Jones - Midnight Memphis Sun
  38. Joe Louis Walker - Live On The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise
  39. Lucy Hammond - Proof
  40. Magic Slim - The Essential Magic Slim
  41. Devon Allman's Honeytribe - Space Age Blues
  42. Boogie Bone - Pro-Bone-O
  43. Muddy Waters - They Call Me Muddy Waters / Live At Mr. Kelly's - Remaster
  44. Tower Of Power - Great American Soul Book
  45. Duke Robillard - Passport To The Blues
  46. The Sugar Prophets - The Sugar Prophets
  47. Albert Castiglia - Keepin On
  48. Whiteboy James & The Blues Express - Last Time Was The Last Time
  49. Peter Karp / Sue Foley - He Said She Said
  50. Honey Island Swamp Band - Good To You