It's the Better Late Than Never edition of our Blues Radio Report, another series that went on hiatus and I'm now reviving. It's also the Alligator Records edition as our friends at Alligator have the top two spots on the chart -- Jarekus Singleton and Selwyn Birchwood -- as well as entries from Joe Louis Walker and The Holmes Brothers.
The venerable Ray Bonneville is in at #3 and Eden Brent's beautiful new record from Yellow Dog Jigsaw Heart is at #5. I'm also very pleased to see Mr. Ronnie Earl and his Broadcasters' latest record Good News in Roots Music Report's Top 10. I'm working on reviews of some of these records and the work is coming predictably slow but I hope to have thoughts to share with you in the not-too-distant future.
It's worth noting Kenny Wayne Shepherd's Goin' Home is tops on the Billboard Blues chart followed by Keb' Mo's Bluesamericana. The latest from Walter Trout and Royal Southern Brotherhood also make the Billboard cut while Dave & Phil Alvin and Ronnie Earl are represented on both charts.
- Refuse to Lose - Jarekus Singleton
- Don't Call No Ambulance - Selwyn Birchwood
- Easy Gone - Ray Bonneville
- Common Ground: Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill Broonzy - Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin
- Jigsaw Heart - Eden Brent
- Hornet's Nest - Joe Louis Walker
- Original - Janiva Magness
- Good News - Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters
- Memphis Grease - John Németh
- Brotherhood - The Holmes Brothers