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
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Top 10 Albums at Blues Radio For Week Ending 6/27
Lana Del Rey, Ronnie Earl, Alastair Greene, and Felice Bros join Willie Nelson in this edition of #NewMusicTuesday
For far too long now I've not paid enough attention to new music. Or old music. Or any music for that matter. My internet has sucked keeping me from using any of the streaming sites. My newish car doesn't have an iPod plug-in and those old radio tuner devices that let you make a mini-station for your iPod are kind of terrible (at least where I live causing me to have to switch stations every five minutes to get a decent signal.) And frankly with my schedule and life of raising a toddler I've spent very little time sitting down
Another masterful set that sheds light of the spiritual side of the blues...
Ronnie Earl is unquestionably one of the most ferociously accomplished blues guitarists around, capable of seemingly endless invention and utterly effortless fluidity. Yet Earl's blues are distinctly different. Whereas most are rooted in earthy carnality - the Saturday night side of the equation - there's a spirituality in Earl's music that seems better suited to Sunday morning. It's music for contemplation, salvation, and redemption rather than cathartic release or sexual braggadocio. That's not to say that Earl can't be as raw and real as anyone out there, and his utter absorption and intensity are legendary. But as someone who's struggled
It's been a long time since I've been caught up enough on my writing to have reviews of the Top 3 albums at Blues Radio. I'm finally catching up with blues listeners from around the world. You've been digging the hell out of the star-studded James Cotton record Cotton Mouth Man. I'd be curious which song or songs are getting all the airplay. There are some good tunes on the record but it didn't do much for me as an album. Trampled Under Foot made a really nice record with Badlands and I'm glad to see it go to #2
Buddy Guy's Rhythm & Blues won't be in stores for another two weeks but it's already making a huge splash at radio where it checks in at #3 this, trailing fellow Hall of Famer James Cotton and Guy Davis. Soul veteran Mavis Staples is also in the Top 5 this week on the strength of her newly released One True Vine. Guitar greats Ronnie Earl and Duke Robillard continue to get considerable airplay for their respective releases Just For Today and Independently Blue. Jack White's Third Man Records issued the Pokey LaFarge album that's also getting major airtime at radio
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
Instrumental effort for guitarist Tinsley Ellis takes #1 this week...
Tinsley Ellis vaulted all the way to #1 this week at blues radio with his latest album Get It, an instrumental effort from the respected veteran guitarist. We like Tinsley quite a lot and we're especially pleased to see this effort at #1 as BlindedBySound contributor Joanie has photos that appear in the liner notes of this fine record. Ellis is followed by Blind Pig artist Sena Erhardt's All In and Alligator Records' JJ Grey & Mofro with their latest album This River. Big Bill Morganfield, one of two sons of Muddy Waters who have chosen the impossible task of
Top 20 albums at blues radio for the week ending April 12, 2013
Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite's collaboration Get Up! has been unseated by Devon Allman and Otis Taylor at blues radio this past week. Harper and Musselwhite are still in the mix at #3, followed by roots master Harry Manx and Jesse Dee to round out the Top 5. The amazing Ronnie Earl debuts at #7 with his latest live album Just For Today. Blues fans are still getting a heavy dose of Robert Cray's most recent album Nothin But Love and Shemekia Copeland's 33 1/3 while we also have Gary Clark Jr.'s Blak And Blu in the mix. Clark recently
The magnificent Ronnie Earl is in his finest form on 'Just For Today'
I'm a failed guitarist who has always been fascinated by the power of the instrument and the virtuosos who creatively command those six strings. I've had many favorite players over the years -- Satriani, Vai, Hendrix, Buddy Guy, Stevie Ray, Duane Allman, and so many more -- but I think I've finally settled the debate in my mind once and for all: Ronnie Earl is my favorite guitar player. There are countless players who do incredible things with the instrument and take it places beyond the limits of my imagination and he can do that but it's not what makes
New Music Tuesday releases for April 9, 2013.
It's a big week this week because we have new music from Ronnie Earl, quite possibly the greatest living guitarist. It's a live album called Just For Today. Both John Taylor and I have reviewed it (John|Josh) and we both love it. This follows Earl's studio album Spread The Love, which might be the best album of his storied career and that, kids, is saying something. Not only do we have a new album from Mr. Earl, but we also have a new set from his friend Duke Robillard. Robillard is no slouch on the guitar, either as you'll hear
Earl's guitar work is both spiritual and sublime
His is hardly a household name, but most blues fans will have encountered Ronnie Earl by now. As an instrumental purist who seldom tours, though, it seems unlikely his profile will extend much beyond the blue end of the spectrum anytime soon. Which is a pity. Celebrating the twenty-fifth year of Earl's Broadcasters, Just For Today, Earl's seventh recording for Edmonton-based Stony Plain records, is so much more than a blues album. True, there are a bunch of blues songs, along with a bit of jazz and a healthy dose of gospel. But Earl's playing is of a level and
New music from perhaps the greatest guitarist alive...
Ronnie Earl, one of my guitar heroes and perhaps the definitive answer to the oft-asked question "Who Is The Greatest Guitarist Alive," will release the follow-up to his amazing, acclaimed Spread The Love when he releases Just For Today on April 9 via Stony Plain Records. Just For Tonight is a live album taken from two shows with his band The Broadcasters recorded in Massachusetts last year. The Broadcasters are drummer Lorne Entress, piano and organist Dave Limina, and bassist Jim Mouradian. The Broadcasters are joined by a guest vocalist, Diane Blue, and Nicholas Tabarias does a turn as a
See two of the best in the business unite for a special performance...
There can be too much of a good thing in life but not when you're talking about putting guitars in the hands of Ronnie Earl and Nick Moss and putting them both on a stage together. Earl and Moss are two of the most distinguished guitarists alive and I believe it's that common heritage that allows to giants of the genre and masters of the instrument to play so beautifully together. They both backed giants of the genre in their younger days and now have fantastic solo careers. Earl and Moss are each fully capable of blowing any hundred guitarists
We have our answer...
I am a lifelong wannabe guitarist, which has led me to admire and obsessively listen to nearly every guitarist of note at one point or another. If he or she has been proclaimed a GuitarGod or Greatest Guitarist Ever, I likely own at least one of their albums. I've conferred those titles on many through my decades of listeing. Some of my recipients -- Stevie Ray Vaughan, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Otis Rush, Duane Allman -- are still worthy of being included in any discussion of the all-time greats. Some of my answers are best forgotten. After years of
35 Years Of Stony Plain is more than a compilation of music that has been distributed by the Canadian blues/roots independent label. It goes beyond merely chronicling the artists who have crossed their path to make a record here and there. It tells a story and presents the music in a context for listeners who may not have ever paid attention to the name of the label on the spine of a CD. It illustrates all that is magic about maverick artists making music on their terms and an independent label willing to not only allow it but in some
2011 Blues Music Awards Breakdown | The Instrumentalists: Ronnie Earl, Charlie Musselwhite, Derek Trucks, Dr. John, Eden Brent & More
Honoring the great players of the blues...
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
One of Canada's great indie labels is celebrating a special milestone...
Much has rightly been made by blues fans and industry folks about Alligator Records turning 40 this year and the excellent 2-CD retrospective that commemorates it, but they are not the only specialty label celebrating an important birthday. Canada's Stony Plain label is celebrating its 35th birthday this year and they, too, are issuing a major package May 10 to celebrate. Stony Plain is currently home to the amazing blues guitarists Ronnie Earl, Duke Robillard, Joe Louis Walker, and Rory Block, just to name a few. They've made major contributions to the blues but have also issued major releases in
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 for week of March 4, 2011...
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