Blues Radio Report: Robin Rogers Begins 2011 At #1

The brave spirit of Robin Rogers lives on...
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The first report from blues radio for 2011 is out and Robin Rogers begins the year at #1. 

Rogers' Back In The Fire was a top seller and smash at radio, buoyed by support from friends and fans rallying to her side after she was diagnosed with inoperable liver cancer.  She passed away in December, days after learning she and her album were among the nominees for the 32nd Blues Music Awards.

Eden BrentEden Brent's Ain't Got No Troubles was a no-show on the charts last fall after its release but made a huge winter surge and that late-year momentum continues.  I love this record so much it made my Best Blues of 2010 as well as my overall Best Albums of 2010.  You really need this album if you don't already have it.  That same thing can be said for Ronnie Earl's Spread The Love, which also appeared on both of my lists.  Duke Robillard's Passport and Charlie Musselwhite's The Well were both on my Best Blues of 2010.  These are records you need to own and they continue to make an impact at radio.

I want to highlight a pair of recent Delmark releases -- James Kinds' Love You From The Top and Studebaker John's Maxwell Street Kings' That's The Way You Do – which are also big winners this week at radio.  I'm paying special attention to Kirsten Thien and her album Delicious.  I'm expecting my copy to arrive soon and my fellow BBS contributor Joan Hunt told me good things about it.  Expect to read more about her in the coming days and weeks.

Here is the full Blues Radio Report for the week of January 7, 2011:

  1. Robin Rogers - Back In The Fire
  2. Eden Brent - Ain't Got No Troubles
  3. Buddy Guy - Living Proof
  4. James Kinds - Love You From The Top
  5. Lucky Peterson - You Can Always Turn Around
  6. Albert Castiglia - Keepin On
  7. Studebaker John's Maxwell Street Kings - That's The Way You Do
  8. Lynwood Slim & The Igor Prado Band - Brazilian Kicks
  9. Duke Robillard - Passport To The Blues
  10. Jim Byrnes - Everywhere West
  11. Chrissie O'Dell - If I Had A Dime
  12. James Cotton - Giant
  13. JP Blues - I Will Not Go Quietly
  14. Eric Clapton - Clapton
  15. Bill Johnson - Still Blue
  16. Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters - Spread The Love
  17. Charlie Musselwhite - The Well
  18. Reverend Raven & The Chain Smokin' Altar Boys - Shake Your Boogie
  19. Cyndi Lauper - Memphis Blues
  20. Kenny Neal - Hooked On Your Love
  21. Shawn Camp - 1994
  22. Deb Callahan - Tell It Like It Is
  23. Dave Specter - Spectified
  24. Ray Charles - Rare Genius - The Undiscovered Masters
  25. Elvin Bishop - Red Dog Speaks
  26. Boo Boo Davis - Undercover Blues
  27. Ron Tanski - Dragged You Down
  28. Tony Joe White - That On The Road Look - Live
  29. The Derek Trucks Band - Roadsongs
  30. Kirsten Thien - Delicious