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Singleton, Birchwood Top At Blues Radio, Eden Brent Joins Top 5

Top 10 Albums at Blues Radio For Week Ending 6/27
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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

Eden Brent Unveils Tracklist For 'Jigsaw Heart,' Due May 6

Award-winning pianist/songwriter/vocalist readies first new album in 4 years...
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BlindedBySound favorite Eden Brent has announced the tracklisting and revealed cover art for her third full-length album for Yellow Dog Records, Jigsaw Heart, which will be released May 6. The three-time Blues Music Award-winning pianist/vocalist is following-up her acclaimed 2010 effort Ain't Got No Troubles. Colin Linded produced that record and returns to produce Jigsaw Heart. Brent gets instrumental assistance from Linden, who also supplies guitar and mandolin. Bass chores are shared by John Dymond and Stephen Mackey and drum duties are split between Gary Craig and Bryan Owings. Dan Dugmore provides pedal steel, Kenzie Wetz plays fiddle, and Chris

Eden Brent - "Leave Me Alone" (Live)

Feeling everything and nothing in front of everyone...
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One of the highlights of my 2011 Blues Music Award experience in Memphis was seeing Eden Brent and The Bo-Keys perform at BB King's Blues Club in Memphis. I saw Brent perform two songs at the BMAs the year prior but this was my first time really seeing her live, doing something a full set with a backing band (including producer, songwriter, guitarist Colin Linden). I sat quietly in the darkened club and watched her work the room before her set, greeting fans and friends, laughing and hugging. I expected her to open with something uptempo like "Ain't Got No

BlindedBySound Music Television: Eden Brent - Ain't Got No Troubles

Nearly a year after its release, I still don't have this song or this record out of my system...
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Our pals at Yellow Dog Records posted a link to this yesterday and I couldn't pass up another chance to tell you all how much I love Eden Brent and her Ain't Got No Troubles album. I heard a lot of great music last year but there are a small handful of releases that stood above the rest: The National's High Violet, Nick Moss' Privileged, and Eden's Ain't Got No Troubles. There were a lot of other great records but when I look back on 2010, those are ones I'll remember most. The first time I heard this song, I

2011 Blues Blast Music Award Nominees Announced: Buddy Guy, Nick Moss, Eden Brent, Karen Lovely, Sugar Prophets, & More

Voting is free and opens in July; here are your nominees!
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Nominations for the 2011 Blues Blast Music Awards have been announced and many of the names from the 2011 Blues Music Awards are nominated here as well. It's up to you to decide if the results will be the same. Buddy Guy is once again nominated multiple times and with the October awards ceremony being held at his club, Legends, it's hard to imagine he's not going to win more hardware. Beyond Guy, we have names like Nick Moss, Eden Brent, Karen Lovely, Charlie Musselwhite, Magic Slim, Robin Rogers, Bob Corritore and more from the BMA nominees. We've also

Blues Radio Report: Marcia Ball Dynasty Continues

It's not one-and-done at #1...
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The Blues Radio Report in 2011 has been about dynasties. We had the months-long Gregg Allman dynasty for Low Country Blues and now it seems Marcia Ball's Roadside Attractions is here to stay for a while at the #1 spot. Allman again follows her. Recent releases from Tab Benoit, Rory Block, and Johnny Rawls are all making their marks this week. Damon Fowler's excellent Devil Got His Way has dropped a bit from the upper reaches where it spent so much time but remains a chart force. Future release -- we're getting close -- Revelator from Tedeschi Trucks Band is also

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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Okay, 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
I hoped to have a few more of these 32nd Blues Music Award breakdowns written and published before the eve of the big night but real life intervened and my region, state, and community was caught up in the horrendous, tragic storms that came through Alabama. I'm blessed that no one in my family was injured or sustained catastrophic damage to their home, but we were without power for several days like hundreds of thousands of other residents. The blues is a music born of sorrow, suffering, and hardships and while I didn't experience anything close to the worst

2011 Blues Music Awards Breakdown | Traditional: Charlie Musselwhite, Duke Robillard, Eden Brent, James Cotton, Sue Foley

My ballot reveal for three of my favorite BMA categories...
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The traditional categories are probably my favorite BMA categories, which is why I've held them until near the end of my series. I love to hear artists take the blues and expand what can be done with the idiom but this is a music with a history and the artists who remain faithful to the roots help keep it strong. These are the sounds that made me a blues fan. As with the Contemporary categories, the Blues Foundation honors a male and female artist as well as an album. As with the contemporary breakdown, we'll begin with the women.
The Instrumentalist categories remind me of my days as a hair metal fan who read hair magazines and participated in the Reader's Poll where you voted for Best Guitarist, Drummer, Singer, and all the like. Very few other genres I know honor instrumental play the way they do vocalists, songs, and albums. I'm glad the Blues Foundation does it because so much of the blues sound is built on the instrumental foundation. Blues guitar may be the most misunderstood, overrated category and yet it's so vital to the sound you can't avoid or deny it. It's also perhaps the

Blues Radio Report: Marcia Ball #1 At Blues Radio

Marcia Ball ends the reign of Gregg Allman
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We have a new champion on this week's Blues Radio Report and her name is Marcia Ball. Gregg Allman has dominated the charts since his Low Country Blues was released but this week Ball's Roadside Attractions has overtaken him for the top spot. As you may have heard mentioned here, Robert Johnson would have turned 100 this year and the work and legacy of the icon is represented twice on this week's charts. We have Big Head Todd & The Monsters and his Big Head Blues Club once again in the Top 5 with 100 Years of Robert Johnson. We

Blues Radio Report: Kirsten Thien and James Kinds Return, Rory Block Debuts, Gregg Allman Holds #1

Rory Block's latest in the Mentors' Series makes its chart debut...
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New albums and old familiar friends, that's the theme for this week's look at the biggest albums and artists at blues radio. I'm so happy to see Kirsten Thien's Delicious surge back into the Top 20 at Roots Music Report. She is such a good vocalist, there are some excellent songs on the record, and I really want to see it get a chance to find an audience because there is one out there for it.  James Kinds' Delmark Records debut Love You From The Top is also back on our chart radar this week.  Rory Block's tribute to Mississippi
I've said many times I love looking at the weekly blues charts from Roots Music Report and BluesMobile. I love seeing which albums are getting action at radio and I love seeing how many of them I've reviewed. There's a flip side to that which is seeing all the albums I haven't reviewed and I start to feel guilty and lazy, so I am giving myself a homework assignment based on these past couple weeks of Blues Radio Reports. I've bought copies of the Big Head Blues Club and Black Joe Lewis albums and I'm making it a point to

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

Allman, Roomful of Blues, Buddy Guy, Damon Fowler Among Week's Hottest At Blues Radio

Blues Radio Report for week of Feb. 25, 2011
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We return to our usual format this week, looking at the biggest records at Blues Radio by examining both the Roots Music Report chart as well as Blues Mobile. It can't be a surprise to see Gregg Allman's outstanding Low Country Blues still firmly locked in at #1. Allman has great name recognition and his record is one of the biggest, most distinguished blues releases of the year to date. Veteran band Roomful of Blues' Hook, Line & Sinker has also been a major chart force since its release earlier this year. We're entering the final days of voting for

Allman Holds at #1; Del Grosso/Richardson Surges Towards The Top at Blues Radio

Blues Radio Report for February 18, 2011...
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Man I was mean but I'm changing my scene and I'm doing the best that I can… This week we give the Blues Radio Report a little different spin. Rather than showing you the tops of a couple charts, I'm giving you the Top 50 according to Roots Music Report. The reason? There are some really good albums we haven't talked about in awhile and in some cases some we've yet to discuss that fall below my usual cutoff point. We'll start at the top where Gregg Allman's Low Country Blues continues its reign but then we're looking at some

Blues Radio Report: Gregg Allman #1; Roomful of Blues and Damon Fowler Make Gains

It's out with the old and in with the new this week at blues radio...
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Gregg Allman's Low Country Blues has tightened its grip on the #1 ranking in the world of blues radio, topping both the Roots Music Report and BluesMobile chart. It's an impressive feat and the album deserves the attention. Other 2011 releases have started to creep their way, pushing aside some of the big albums from last year. Damon Fowler's Devil Got His Way and Roomful of Blues' Hook, Line & Sinker were both released this year and both are in RMR's Top 5 and the Top 15 for BluesMobile. Big Shanty's 2-disc Collection was just released this week and it

Blues Radio Report: Gregg Allman & Buddy Guy Have #1 Albums

They've been doing it longer than most and they're only getting better...
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It's no surprise to see Gregg Allman's fantastic Low Country Blues at #1 with RMR and #2 at Blues Mobile. I've been listening to it since it's release earlier this month and it's a wonderful record and I'll be sharing more of my thoughts on it in the coming days. It's not a surprise blues fans around the US are digging this one at all. The Roots Music Report has Allman followed by Eden Brent, Buddy Guy, Roomful of Blues, and Ronnie Earl. I just picked up the recently released Roomful of Blues album and hope to be getting to

Blues Radio Report: Eden Brent & Buddy Guy Top Charts; Gregg Allman's Latest Makes Splash

Blues Radio Report for January 21, 2011...
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It's time once again for the weekly blues radio rundown but this week we are adding to our numbers. The blues is a niche market these days and as a result it's tougher (though not impossible) to get a clear picture of what's really making waves with the blues-buying public. For the past year, I've relied heavily on the weekly chart provided by our friends at Roots Music Report. I've now found a couple other sources and we'll be folding them in as well. Let's begin with a look at the biggest blues albums according to RMR, where Eden Brent

Blues Radio Report: Buddy Guy #1; Gregg Allman, Damon Fowler Debut

Blues Radio Report for January 14, 2011...
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The legendary Buddy Guy is back on top this week with his Blues Music Award-nominated album Living Proof, followed by Eden Brent, James Cotton, Dave Specter, and Robin Rogers. Note to self: pick up a copy of the Dave Specter album. I've seen it on the charts for a bit and haven't grabbed a copy. The two big entries to me this week are albums that actually hit stores on Tuesday: Gregg Allman's Low Country Blues and Damon Fowler's Devil Got His Way. I got an advance of Damon's CD and my review will be up this week if things