It's not surprising, really, considering that less than a handful of new CDs have been released over the past couple of weeks. The reign of blues guitarist Gary Clark, Jr. on top of the chart continues for the week ending November 17, 2012 (and probably will for a few more weeks to come, maybe even through the end of the year). Clark is bringing blues music to an entirely new audience, and that's a good thing, his album also sitting at #7 on the Billboard rock chart and grazing just below the top 30 on the Top 200 albums chart. Expect Clark's Blak and Blu to rack up an award or two at the Blues Music Awards in May 2013, too!
Only one new release this week that I could find, a fine archival set from JSP Records in England. Tampa Red & Georgia Tom's Making Music In Chicago: 1929-1935 is a four-disc box set that offers up almost everything recorded by the talented duo during their salad days. Tampa Red was a phenomenal slide-guitarist and a major influence on artists like Muddy Waters, so if you're a fan of old-school blues, or just want to find out more about one of the best of the 1930s, this is one worth digging up on Amazon or wherever you do your shopping.
Here are this week's Billboard Top Ten blues albums, ranked by sales:
10. Bettye LaVette - Thankful N' Thoughtful (Anti Records)
9. Robert Cray - Nothin But Love (Provogue Records)
8. Shemekia Copeland - 33 1/3 (Telarc Records)
7. Tedeschi Trucks Band - Everybody's Talkin' (Sony Masterworks)
6. Joe Bonamassa - Driving Towards The Daylight (J&R Adventures)
5. Various Artists - When Chicago Got The Blues (Hear Music)
4. Joe Bonamassa - Beacon Theater: Live From New York (J&R Adventures)
3. Gary Clark, Jr. - The Bright Lights EP (Warner Brothers)
2. Bonnie Raitt - Slipstream (Redwing Records)
1. Gary Clark, Jr. - Blak and Blu (Warner Brothers)
New Releases: Tampa Red & Georgia Tom's Making Music In Chicago: 1929-1935 (JSP Records)
Photo of Tampa Red & Georgia Tom's Making Music In Chicago: 1929-1935 courtesy JSP Records