We get some new blood appearing on the blues chart for the week ending October 13, 2012 as the top ten welcomes debuts from Joe Bonamassa, Bettye LaVette, and Gary Moore, perhaps the biggest shake-up in the established order in better than six months.
As predicted, Joe Bonamassa's Beacon Theater: Live From New York debuts at number one, knocking Bonnie Raitt off the lofty perch she'd dominated since early summer. Another prediction: Bonamassa's hot-shot live set will sit at number one for two weeks, tops, before Raitt takes the spot back. Bonamassa's live discs sell well but a lot of fans pick 'em up fast, although I expect it to hang around the top ten for a few weeks.
R&B legend Bettye LaVette has been building a strong audience in the blues world the past few years, and her latest, Thankful N' Thoughtful, showcases LaVette's incredible voice bringing a bluesy, soulful slant to material from songwriters as diverse as Tom Waits, the Black Keys, Bob Dylan, and Neil Young. The late blues-rock guitar legend Gary Moore makes what may be his last chart appearance with Blues For Jimi, a heartfelt live tribute album that sees Moore put his own spin on a dozen Hendrix classics.
Here are this week's Billboard Top Ten blues albums, ranked by sales:
10. Kid Koala - 12 Bit Blues (Ninja Tune)
9. Gary Clark, Jr. - The Bright Lights EP (Warner Brothers)
8. Joe Bonamassa - Driving Towards The Daylight (J&R Adventures)
7. Tedeschi Trucks Band - Revelator (Sony Masterworks)
6. Robert Cray - Nothin But Love (Provogue Records)
5. Tedeschi Trucks Band - Everybody's Talkin' (Sony Masterworks)
4. Gary Moore - Blues For Jimi (Eagle Rock Records)
3. Bettye LaVette - Thankful N' Thoughtful (Anti Records)
2. Bonnie Raitt - Slipstream (Redwing Records)
1. Joe Bonamassa - Beacon Theater: Live From New York (J&R Adventures)
New releases this week: B.B. King's Ladies & Gentlemen...Mr. B.B. King (Universal Records); Colin Linden's Still Live (Yellow Dog Records); Maria Muldaur's ...First Came Memphis Minnie (Stony Plain Records)
Gary Moore's Blues For Jimi photo courtesy Eagle Rock Records