From the department of making you feel old comes this little factoid: Natalie Merchant has been making music for 33 years, and has been a solo artist for the last 20. That blows me away. I didn't become a fan until Our Time in Eden and I have very fond memories of listening to Tigerlily in college which seems like yesterday but was in fact two decades ago. Pardon me while I go put on some old man pants.Truth be told I kind of stopped paying that much attention to her sometimes in the early 00s, but found her again
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New Music Tuesday - May 6, 2014
The lyrics remind us James Cotton is a legend but the music on 'Cotton Mouth Man' doesn't...
James Cotton is a bonafide harp legend and blues icon and has nothing left to prove at this stage is his career. That can be a blessing when it frees and invigorates a titanic talent to pursue their vision with no fear or boundaries. It can also be a curse as it his on Cotton Mouth Man -- the follow-up to his 2009 album Giant -- where it's clear finding ways to keep the man and his music vital without becoming repetitive has become increasingly difficult. Grammy-winning producer Tom Hambridge has assembled an army of stars to perform alongside Cotton.
Top 10 Albums at Blues Radio for week of May 31
Roots-rockers JJ Grey & Mofro hit the #1 at blues radio this week, knocking a fellow Alligator Records artist from the top perch. This River is the sixth release from Grey and his band and has been a hit at radio since its release and can now add this to its list of accolades and accomplishments. Last week's #1 was Hall of Famer James Cotton's latest record, a star-studded affair pairing the legendary harp master with some of the biggest names in music: Gregg Allman, Joe Bonamassa, Warren Haynes, Keb' Mo', and Delbert McClinton among them. Ronnie Earl's live album
Blues Hall Of Famer James Cotton has the #1 album at blues radio this week with his latest Alligator Records album Cotton Mouth Man. The famed harp master has played as a sideman with Muddy Waters and innerable other blues titans as well as a brilliant career as a bandleader. Gregg Allman, Delbert McClinton, and Keb' Mo' are just a few of the guests who join Cotton on his latest record and fans are snapping it up. Also on the chart this week are the recent releases from Duke Robillard, Ronnie Earl, Tinsley Ellis, and Big Bill Morganfield, the latter
Top 15 records at Blues Radio according to Roots Music Report for the week ending Sept. 16, 2011...
A 10-spot surge by Kenny 'Blues Boss' Wayne couldn't unseat Tedeschi Trucks Band as the #1 album at blues radio, but it was enough to send him soaring to #2. The rest of the Top 5 is Hot Tuna, Tab Benoit's Medicine, and Terry Hanck's Look Out!. Kenny Wayne Shepherd's How I Go hasn't been this high in a little while and is probably the only other major difference this week compared to last as he edges in at #14. From there, we have mostly albums that have been part of our Top 15 for quite some time. I predicted a shakeup
Blues Radio Report for Week of 9/9/11...
Stop me when you've heard this before: Tedeschi Trucks Band is the #1 album at blues radio. It's funny though; the long runs at #1 by Tedeschi Trucks and earlier Gregg Allman started to make me yawn a bit to the point I forgot why these records have been so successful. I didn't listen to Revelator in its entirety this week but did hear a few of my favorite songs from it and I remember what I like about it so much. They're joined in the Top 5 by Hot Tuna (a record I still need to hear), Tab Benoit's Medicine, Rod Piazza's Almighty Dollar and Terry
Blues Radio Top 15: Week of Aug. 26, 2011
It's time once again to take a look at the Top 15 albums at blues radio according to the Roots Music Report. We don't have a lot of turnover in the charts this week but I've really loved some of these records and am eager to check out a few I've not yet heard. Tedeschi Trucks Band's outstanding Revelator continues to top our charts, followed by the Anders Osborne-produced Medicine by Tab Benoit. Benoit moves up a couple slots this week and Tracy Nelson slips just outside the Top 5. TTB and Benoit are joined by Terry Hanck, Hot Tuna, and Rod Piazza in
Here are the Top 15 Records at Blues Radio according to Roots Music Report for the Week of Aug. 19, 2011.
Tab Benoit makes a huge leap this week back into the Top 5 and Tedeschi Trucks Band's Revelator continues its hold on the top spot. Tracy Nelson's Victim Of The Blues moves up a couple slots to #2 with Hot Tuna and Terry Hanck replaces Gregg Allman in the Top 5. I like so many of the records on the chart. I haven't listened to some of them since I reviewed them but seeing them all here makes me want to go back and revisit them, and I will if I ever get caught up on the stack of review
Top 20 at Blues Radio for Week of Aug. 12, 2011
Slowly but gradually I'm getting the news of the past week updated on the site, including the Blues Radio Report.Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi continue their hold on the #1 slot with Hot Tuna, Tracy Nelson, Booker T. Jones, and Gregg Allman filling out the Top 5. It's amazing the love people continue to have for Allman's record, which has been a firmly ensconced in the Top 5 since its January release, spending months at #1. I see a lot of familiar names in familiar places as I skim the Top 20. There are a slew of blues releases set
Top 15 Albums at Blues Radio, Week of July 29, 2011
I made good on last week's pledge and did, in fact, check out the latest from Booker T. Jones and in a stunning upset managed to get it reviewed before this week's edition of the Blues Radio Report and The Road From Memphis is once again a Top 5 album. Tedeschi Trucks Band seems like they'll be in the #1 slot for awhile longer, although there are some major releases due out this week (check our NewMusicTuesday feature this week to find out about them) and more on the way in the coming weeks. Tedeschi Trucks and Jones are joined
Another week at #1 for Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi...
This week's blues chart is giving me the blues; I finally finish my long-delayed review of Marcia Ball's Roadside Attractions and she falls out of the Top 5 for the first time in ages. I feel like I owe her an apology. If it makes her feel any better, I like Roadside. Tedeschi Trucks Band's Revelator is once again our #1 this week, followed by Hot Tuna, Tracy Nelson, Booker T. Jones, and Gregg Allman. I haven't heard any of the middle three records yet but they've all been fixtures near the top of the chart so I'll be looking
Marcia Ball, Hot Tuna, Ben Waters, and Gregg Allman round out the Top 5 at blues radio...
It always makes me happy to see a lot of albums I've reviewed when I scan the weekly blues radio report not because I require the validation but because it makes me feel like I'm plugged in to what's happening on the circuit. Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi's Revelator is back #1 this week. I'm glad they've reclaimed the top spot the same week I rediscover the album. I know I've been promising this for awhile but I really am close to finishing my Marcia Ball review. Roadside Attractions has been a #1 album and remains a lock in
Top 15 Albums At Blues Radio For Week of July 08, 2011
We've been putting the same albums in a blender and jumbling the order but it's been largely the same names and records of late. Ben Waters' tribute to the late Ian Stewart moves back to #1, nudging aside Tedeschi Trucks Band's Revelator. Marcia Ball, Hot Tuna, and the latest from Booker T. Jones round out the Top 5. Gregg Allman's Low Country Blues was #1 for several consecutive weeks but finally seems to be losing steam. It's been a hell of a run for the legendary vocalist considering it's still in the Top 10 and the record was released in
Top Albums At Blues Radio, Week of July 1, 2011.
I expected Tedeschi Trucks Band's Revelator would top the blues radio chart when I saw it doing so well in the weeks leading up to its release. It's out now and it continues gaining momentum, culminating in the #1 slot this week. Marcia Ball slips a spot to number two, followed by Hot Tuna, former number one Gregg Allman, and the latest from Booker T. Jones. Steve Miller Band's Let Your Hair Down hadn't been a factor on the charts of late but it makes a comeback this week, joining recent releases from Tommy Castro, Tab Benoit, and Rory Black.
Southern Rocker Gives Back.
“The Allman Brothers will be part of a benefit concert.” Now, would that statement ordinarily cause a lot of excitement for me? Honestly, no. Not that I don’t enjoy some of their great classics: "Midnight Rider," "Rambling Man," "Whipping Post," "Melissa"… but I would never consider myself a big follower of their music. Which is fine, C’est la vie and all that. But when I learn that this concert is being put on in coordination with the American Liver Foundation, I’m all ears. I’d say, “I’m all liver”, but that’s just a bit too awkward. Tune In to Hep C
Marcia Ball, Gregg Allman, Tedeschi Trucks Band Boogie Past Ian Stewart Tribute Album At Blues Radio
Eric Bibb's live set also makes big weekly surge...
Marcia Ball and Gregg Allman have returned to the top two slots of the Blues Radio Report after a one-week takedown by Ben Waters' tribute to the late Ian Stewart. They are joined in the Top 5 by that tribute record, Tedeschi Trucks Band, and the late Solomon Burke and De Dijk's Hold On Tight. Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi's combined effort Revelator is a decent bet to take the #1 slot at some point. It's an excellent listen and one that generated a lot of interest before its release. The record is now out, the band is touring, and
We have #1 at blues radio this week...
We have a winner and it seems an unlikely source considering how long it's been out in stores but the Ben Waters-led tribute to the late Ian Stewart has toppled Marcia Ball and Gregg Allman, our longtime residents at the top of the chart, to claim the crown this week at blues radio. The new Tommy Castro & Friends set recorded on the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise has made a move on this week's charts and see the return of Big Head Todd & The Monsters' tribute to Robert Johnson. With a couple big blues titles due to release
Hot Tuna, Marcia Ball #1 At Blues Radio; Tedeschi Trucks Band Continues Strong In 1st Week of Release
Blues Radio Report for Week of June 10, 2011...
In my effort to keep my finger on the pulse of the blues world, we once again examine both the BluesMobile and RootsMusicReport blues radio charts. As a result, we have two #1 albums this week: Hot Tuna and Marcia Ball. I've yet to hear either of these records, so I've got some homework ahead of me. Blues Mobile has Hot Tuna at #1, followed by Warren Haynes, Tab Benoit, Joe Bonamassa, and Ball. Over at RMR, Ball is #1 followed by Ben Waters' Ian Stewart tribute, Gregg Allman, Solomon Burke and De Dijk, and Rory Block. Elsewhere on the
An "oldie" but goodie returns to the BRR...
We could, should, and usually start at the top of the chart but this week we are looking at #20 where Smokin' Joe Kubek and Bnois King's Have Blues, Will Travel re-enters the chart. We start there because I say so and it pleases me to see this album getting more life. It was higher on the charts when released last year. It's good Texas roadhouse blues-rock. We should also point to a couple new releases that have made their presence on the chart: Stony Plains Records' 35th Anniversary set featured previously unreleased music from slide master Robert Nighthawk, and
It's not one-and-done at #1...
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