The story this week should be Ray Bonneville holding the top slot at blues radio for a second straight week and we will give Ray his due as Bad Man's Blood is an excellent album, but first we begin with a record that has taken the BlindedBySound family by storm: Gary Clark Jr's Bright Lights EP.
To those of you hearing of Gary or his music for the first time, first of all, welcome. We cannot adequately express our love for Bright Lights but that hasn't stopped us from trying. We've posted numerous live clips and testimonials to just how much we love this record. We highly recommend you check out Jordan's review of the EP and then the video for the title track. If you love that -- and if you don't, we continue to advise listening while breathing through your nose -- check out some of the other live clips on our GCJ page.
Turning back to the matter at hand, Ray Bonneville's outstanding Bad Man's Blood is on top for a second straight week. Duke Robillard moves up from #2 to #3 and will one week occupy that top spot. Both John and I love the record and apparently so do blues fans worldwide. Maria Muldaur's Steady Love is a Top 5er; John likes this one a little more than I did but we both give it our approval. The big move comes from Ana Popovic, who rounds out the Top 5 with Unconditional along with George Thorogoood.
What else am I excited about in this week's chart? How about we pause and discuss Gary Clark Jr. again? Okay, we'll move on and point to the live CD/DVD package from JJ Grey & Mofro, which is excellent. I'm sure some blues purists will roll their eyes at Eric Clapton and Wynton Marsalis being on the charts with their live performance but I found it charming. Booker T. Jones The Road From Memphis had dropped way, way down the charts but surges back into the Top 20 this week. It's a very solid record from a legend and one you ought check out.
I swore up and down I'd review Joe Bonamassa's Dust Bowl CD when it was released earlier this year and never got around to it because I couldn't make myself listen to it enough times to express how little it did for me. That said, I may be getting a second chance to review some JB as he's got yet another new album out, this time a duet record with Beth Hart. You know, kids, there's prolific and there's being a mass production machine. My wife loves Dean Koontz and more often than not enjoys his novels but the guy is writing two or three a year. I'm thinking a vacation might be do him some good and I'd say the same thing to Joe. Go read a book- maybe a Koontz novel. The set is once again produced by overproducer Kevin Shirley, but I might take a chance on this and see if it does more for me than Dust Bowl did. Then again I might just listen to Gary some more while mixing in a little Duke Robillard and Ray Bonneville.
There's an awful lot of good in the Top 20 this week and many of these fine albums have been reviewed on the site. Check out the reviews and let them guide you to the hottest albums on the chart and some damn fine music.
Here are the Top 20 Albums at Blues Radio for the Week of October 07, 2011
- Ray Bonneville - Bad Man's Blood
- Duke Robillard - Low Down And Tore Up
- George Thorogood & The Destroyers - 2120 South Michigan Avenue
- Ana Popovic - Unconditional
- Maria Muldaur - Steady Love
- Tedeschi Trucks Band - Revelator
- Hugh Laurie - Let Them Talk
- Warren Haynes - Man In Motion
- Johnny Winter - Roots
- Moreland & Arbuckle - Just A Dream
- Carolyn Wonderland - Peace Meal
- Wynton Marsalis & Eric Clapton - Play The Blues Live From Jazz At Lincoln Center
- Candye Kane - Sister Vagabond
- Booker T. Jones - The Road From Memphis
- Kenny 'Blues Boss' Wayne - An Old Rock On A Roll
- Gary Clark Jr. - Bright Lights
- JJ Grey & Mofro - Brighter Days
- The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band - Peyton On Patton
- Harry Manx & Kevin Breit - Strictly Whatever
- Beth Hart / Joe Bonamassa - Don't Explain