Blues Radio Report: Eden Brent & Buddy Guy Top Charts; Gregg Allman's Latest Makes Splash

Blues Radio Report for January 21, 2011...
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It's time once again for the weekly blues radio rundown but this week we are adding to our numbers. The blues is a niche market these days and as a result it's tougher (though not impossible) to get a clear picture of what's really making waves with the blues-buying public. For the past year, I've relied heavily on the weekly chart provided by our friends at Roots Music Report. I've now found a couple other sources and we'll be folding them in as well.

Let's begin with a look at the biggest blues albums according to RMR, where Eden Brent has cast aside her status as perpetual bridesmaid, ascending from her comfy seat at #2 to that elusive highest perch. Gregg Allman's has just released his first solo album in more than a decade. His album of mostly blues covers Low Country Blues was produced by T Bone Burnett and lands second, followed by James Cotton, Buddy Guy, and Roomful of Blues' Hook, Line & Sinker. Hook, like Allman's Low Country Blues, is new in stores.

Other notables on the charts are Damon Fowler's Devil Got His Way, James Kinds' Love You From The Top, and the amazing Spread The Love from Ronnie Earl. I also give a nod in the direction of Albert Castiglia's fine Keepin On. I hadn't listened to it in awhile before this week but twice went back and revisited a few favorites from it.

Roots Music Report – Week of Jan. 21

  1. Eden Brent - Ain't Got No Troubles 
  2. Gregg Allman - Low Country Blues 
  3. James Cotton - Giant 
  4. Buddy Guy - Living Proof 
  5. Roomful Of Blues - Hook, Line & Sinker 
  6. Grand Marquis - Hold On To Me 
  7. Various Artist - Louisiana Swamp Stomp 
  8. Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters - Spread The Love 
  9. Albert Castiglia - Keepin On 
  10. Reverend Raven & The Chain Smokin' Altar Boys - Shake Your Boogie 
  11. Dave Specter - Spectified 
  12. Damon Fowler - Devil Got His Way 
  13. James Kinds - Love You From The Top 
  14. Robin Rogers - Back In The Fire 
  15. Ray Charles - Rare Genius - The Undiscovered Masters 
  16. Charlie Musselwhite - The Well 
  17. Eric Clapton - Clapton 
  18. Shawn Camp - 1994
  19. The Delta Flyers - Sixteen Bars 
  20. Tony Joe White - That On The Road Look - Live

One of the new charts we'll be keeping an eye on from time to time comes to us from The Blues Mobile and House of Blues Radio. We once again see the presence of Buddy Guy, James Cotton, Eric Clapton, James Kinds, Gregg Allman, Ronnie Earl, and Charlie Musselwhite among others. It's nice to see JJ Grey's Georgia Warhorse, Junior Wells' Live in Boston: 1966, and Jim Byrnes' Everywhere West are getting airplay.  – Week of Jan. 21

  1. Buddy Guy - Living Proof
  2. James Cotton - Giant
  3. Eric Clapton - Clapton
  4. Various Artists: Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Buddy Guy, Joe Bonamassa, John Mayer, Jeff Beck, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks - Crossroads Guitar Festival 2010 (DVD)
  5. Kenny Wayne Shepherd - Live! In Chicago
  6. James Kinds - Love You From the Top
  7. JJ Grey and Mofro - Georgia Warhorse
  8. Junior Wells and the Aces - Live in Boston: 1966
  9. Robin Rogers - Back in the Fire
  10. Gregg Allman - Low Country Blues
  11. Huey Lewis and the News - Soulsville
  12. Charlie Musselwhite - The Well
  13. Ronnie Earl - Spread the Love
  14. Jim Byrnes - Everything West
  15. Roomful of Blues - Hook, Line, and Sinker