Texas blues guitarist Gary Clark, Jr. got a big bump on the charts for the week ending October 27, 2012 jumping up five spots to reclaim his position at number three. Maybe it was the recent review of his upcoming album by Rolling Stone magazine, maybe it was just the rising awareness of the new album, but interest in this talented bluesman definitely knocked his The Bright Lights EP half-way up the chart.
Bonnie Raitt reclaimed the number one spot that she's held in a chokehold over the summer, which is no surprise, Joe Bonamassa's live set dropping a spot as we predicted a couple weeks back. I expect the guitarist's Beacon Theater album to fade a little more before settling in the middle of the pack for a lengthy run. Oddly, this week is meager when it comes to new releases, as the only title is Clark's Blak and Blu album, which I thoroughly expect to quickly vault to number one. Not many new releases next week, either, just Bonamassa's classic rock supergroup Black Country Communion and their third album, Afterglow.
Here are this week's Billboard Top Ten blues albums, ranked by sales:
10. Shemekia Copeland - 33 1/3 (Telarc Records)
9. Tedeschi Trucks Band - Revelator (Sony Masterworks)
8. Robert Cray - Nothin But Love (Provogue Records)
7. Joe Bonamassa - Driving Towards The Daylight (J&R Adventures)
6. Gary Moore - Blues For Jimi (Eagle Rock Records)
5. Bettye LaVette - Thankful N' Thoughtful (Anti Records)
4. Tedeschi Trucks Band - Everybody's Talkin' (Sony Masterworks)
3. Gary Clark, Jr. - The Bright Lights EP (Warner Brothers)
2. Joe Bonamassa - Beacon Theater: Live From New York (J&R Adventures)
1. Bonnie Raitt - Slipstream (Redwing Records)
New Releases: Gary Clark, Jr.'s Blak and Blu (Warner Brothers)
Photo of Gary Clark, Jr.'s Blak and Blu courtesy Warner Brothers