Not much to say about the blues chart for the week ending December 22, 2012...the top six spots are virtually the same, while Dr. John's Locked Down album received enough of a sales bump from his well-deserved Grammy® Award nomination to inch back into the number ten position.
The labels have largely gone to bed for the remainder of the year, the lone exception being the late, unexpected release this week of Buddy Guy's Live At Legend album, which I expect will hit the charts heavy next week. Until then, believe the Reverend when I say that any of these top ten albums would make a great Christmas present for the blues fan on your gift list!
Here are this week's Billboard Top Ten blues albums, ranked by sales:
10. Dr. John - Locked Down (Nonesuch Records)
9. Robert Cray - Nothin But Love (Provogue Records)
8. Wynton Marsalis & Eric Clapton - Play The Blues (Warner Brothers)
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 Buddy Guy's Live At Legends courtesy RCA Records