Blues Radio Report: Marcia Ball On Top; Benoit, Block, Rawls Make Big Gains

Recent releases from Johnny Rawls, Tab Benoit, and Rory Block return to the upper reaches of the blues radio chart...
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Tab BenoitOkay, boys and girls, let's talk about blues radio and what the kids are listening to. Marcia Ball remains on top with the smash hit from Gregg Allman close behind. Tab Benoit's latest, Medicine, enters the Top 5 this week and Rory Block's tribute to Mississippi Fred McDowell enjoyed a huge surge in radio airplay on Roots Music Report's chart. It's also good to see soul-bluesman Johnny Rawls' Memphis Still Got Soul making a run up the chart this week.

As many of you know, I was at the BMA in Memphis earlier this month and a number of the fine artists on this week's chart were in attendance. I saw Derek Trucks accept a couple awards but didn't realize until later his bandmate (also happens to be his wife) Susan Tedeschi was there as well. Their new album comes out in June but it's already making noise at radio.

Steve Miller Band opened the show and played songs from Bingo! and its companion Let Your Hair Down, which is on the chart this week. I watched Eden Brent put on a show at BB King's on Beale St. and then wound up at her table later that night at the awards. It was a hell of a time and a hell of a collection of talent. The stories I could (but won't) tell you! Well, here is your Blues Radio Report for last week. Some great stuff and there are a slew of upcoming releases we'll be discussing and you can bet many will find their way here, too. Stay tuned!

  1. Marcia Ball - Roadside Attractions
  2. Gregg Allman - Low Country Blues
  3. Solomon Burke & De Dijk - Hold On Tight
  4. Big Head Todd And The Monsters - Big Head Blues Club - 100 Years Of Robert Johnson
  5. Tab Benoit - Medicine
  6. Rory Block - Shake 'Em On Down: A Tribute To Mississippi Fred McDowell
  7. Ben Waters - Boogie 4 Stu
  8. Buddy Guy - Living Proof
  9. Joe Bonamassa - Dust Bowl
  10. Hot Tuna - Steady As She Goes
  11. Johnny Rawls - Memphis Still Got Soul
  12. Tracy Nelson - Victim Of The Blues
  13. Chris Bergson Band - Imitate The Sun
  14. Suzie Vinnick - Me N Mabel
  15. Tedeschi Trucks Band - Revelator
  16. Ben Prestage - One Crow Murder
  17. Kelley Hunt - Gravity Loves You
  18. Terry Quiett Band - Just My Luck
  19. Roomful Of Blues - Hook, Line & Sinker
  20. Pete Anderson - Even Things Up - Deluxe Edition
  21. Eden Brent - Ain't Got No Troubles
  22. Eric Clapton - Clapton
  23. Carlos Del Junco & The Blues Mongrels - Mongrel Mash
  24. JJ Grey & Mofro - Georgia Warhorse
  25. The Steve Miller Band - Let Your Hair Down