Blues Radio Report: Gregg Allman Continues March At #1, Sugar Prophets On The Move

Blues Radio Report for week of March 4, 2011...
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The big story this week has to be the mighty, mighty Sugar Prophets hitting the charts at #14 this week. These lads from the Champaign, IL area took the International Blues Challenge by storm, reaching the finals in Memphis last month and now they're independently distributed, self-titled debut is #14 on Roots Music Report's blues chart. I've got a copy of this heading my way and we'll soon be talking about the album in greater detail but for now, this is exciting.

Another giant killer is Damon Fowler, who edges ahead of Buddy Guy this week with his Devil Got His Way set. I listened to this again this week and I stand by everything I said in my review. Lovers of Southern roots music and blues need to give this album a serious listen.

I spent a lot of time again listening to the title track from Eden Brent's Ain't Got No Troubles, even playing it for friends. This reminds me I need to get started on our Blues Music Awards breakdown. Look for that to begin soon. In the meantime, check out Eden's record and the full list of nominees. Here is the Roots Music Report Top 20, followed by BluesMobile's Top 15.

  1. Gregg Allman - Low Country Blues
  2. Roomful Of Blues - Hook, Line & Sinker
  3. Damon Fowler - Devil Got His Way
  4. Buddy Guy - Living Proof
  5. John-Alex Mason - Jook Joint Thunderclap
  6. Big Head Todd And The Monsters - Big Head Blues Club - 100 Years Of Robert Johnson
  7. Sam Henry - Treme Soul -- New Orleans Gumbo
  8. Eden Brent - Ain't Got No Troubles
  9. Charlie Musselwhite - The Well
  10. JJ Grey & Mofro - Georgia Warhorse
  11. Eric Clapton - Clapton
  12. Tom Principato - A Part Of Me
  13. Popa Chubby - The Essential Popa Chubby
  14. The Sugar Prophets - The Sugar Prophets
  15. Reverend Raven & The Chain Smokin' Altar Boys - Shake Your Boogie
  16. James Cotton - Giant
  17. Rich Del Grosso & Jonn Del Toro Richardson - Time Slips On By
  18. Steve Grills - After Hours
  19. Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters - Spread The Love
  20. Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band - Live! In Chicago

Yep, Gregg Allman is on top here as well. There aren't many differences between the two charts but among the few is James Kinds' Delmark Records debut Love You From The Top, an album I like very much. Here's the Top 15 according to BluesMobile.

  1. Gregg Allman - Low Country Blues
  2. Buddy Guy - Living Proof
  3. Roomful of Blues - Hook, Line, and Sinker
  4. Huey Lewis and the News - Soulsville
  5. Eric Clapton - Clapton
  6. Popa Chubby - The Essential Popa Chubby
  7. Damon Fowler - Devil Got His Way
  8. James Cotton - Giant
  9. Big Head Blues Club - 100 Years of Robert Johnson
  10. James Kinds - Love You From the Top
  11. Various Artists: Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Buddy Guy, Joe Bonamassa, John Mayer, Jeff Beck, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks - Crossroads Guitar Festival 2010
  12. JJ Grey and Mofro - Georgia Warhorse
  13. G. Love - Fixin' to Die
  14. Various Artists - Alligator Records 40th Anniversary Collection
  15. Big Shanty - Big Shanty Collection