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Weekly Blues Music Report: Christmas Blues, Again!

By December 11, 2012

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Etta James' The DreamerIt's the Christmas blues on the charts for the week ending December 15, 2012 as the mainstream favorites dominate the Top Ten with strong holiday sales. The allure of the great Tedeschi Trucks album Revelator has dragged the disc back into the promised land of the top o' the charts better than an amazing year and a half after its original release. Other greybeards in the top ten include Hugh Laurie's Let Them Talk (65 weeks) and the Wynton Marsalis/Eric Clapton album Play The Blues (64 weeks). With the release of Gary Clark, Jr.'s chart-topping, critically-acclaimed album Blak and Blu, it's easy to overlook that the guitarist's The Bright Lights EP has been on the charts for a whopping 69 weeks now itself!

If it seems like a repeat of last week (and the week before), well, it is...but there's a storm cloud on the horizon threatening Gary Clark, Jr.'s dominance of the number one spot, and that's Buddy Guy's upcoming Live At Legends disc. Due out on December 18th, Guy's enormous popularity may just be enough to dropkick Clark out of the top position. The sales of mainstream blues artists has been good for other deserving folks as well, pulling fans into the stores with the Christmas blues on their minds. Etta James' final album, The Dreamer, re-entered the chart at number eleven while Dr. John's recent Grammy® nomination didn't hurt his Locked Down album any, the disc re-entering at number thirteen.

Here are this week's Billboard Top Ten blues albums, ranked by sales:

10. Tedeschi Trucks Band - Revelator (Sony Masterworks)
9. Wynton Marsalis & Eric Clapton - Play The Blues (Warner Brothers)
8. Robert Cray - Nothin But Love (Provogue Records)
7. Hugh Laurie - Let Them Talk (Warner Brothers)
6. Gary Clark, Jr. - The Bright Lights EP (Warner Brothers)
5. Tedeschi Trucks Band - Everybody's Talkin' (Sony Masterworks)
4. Joe Bonamassa - Beacon Theater: Live From New York (J&R Adventures)
3. Joe Bonamassa - Driving Towards The Daylight (J&R Adventures)
2. Bonnie Raitt - Slipstream (Redwing Records)
1. Gary Clark, Jr. - Blak and Blu (Warner Brothers)

Photo of Etta James' The Dreamer courtesy Verve Forecast

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