It's pretty much a mild game of "musical chairs" on the blues chart for the week ending December 29, 2012 with a couple albums swapping positions but otherwise the Top Ten remains pretty much the same. Will somebody wake me when it's over? Christmas sales continue to fuel the chart position of albums like Hugh Laurie's Let Them Talk and the Marsalis/Clapton collaboration, as the top three or four spots remain static. I expect this to get shook up this week when Buddy Guy's Live At Legends hits the charts, the popular Chicago blues guitarist certain to move a few copies of this livewire pancake over the holidays.
One of the nice side effects of the Christmas season is that some other high-talent but low-profile artists are getting a bit of a boost from browsing shoppers. Shemekia Copeland's excellent 33 1/3 album is bubbling under the Top Ten, jumping back on the chart at number eleven, while Gary Moore's Blues For Jimi live tribute album re-enters at number fifteen. In between the two, at number thirteen, is the Beth Hart/Joe Bonamassa collaboration Don't Explain. Overall, however, I'm personally ready for a new year and maybe...just maybe...a few new faces on this chart that has seen a lot of the same talents dominate for going on a second year now.
Here are this week's Billboard Top Ten blues albums, ranked by sales:
10. Robert Cray - Nothin But Love (Provogue Records)
9. Dr. John - Locked Down (Nonesuch Records)
8. Gary Clark, Jr. - The Bright Lights EP (Warner Brothers)
7. Hugh Laurie - Let Them Talk (Warner Brothers)
6. Wynton Marsalis & Eric Clapton - Play The Blues (Warner Brothers)
5. Tedeschi Trucks Band - Everybody's Talkin' (Sony Masterworks)
4. Joe Bonamassa - Driving Towards The Daylight (J&R Adventures)
3. Joe Bonamassa - Beacon Theater: Live From New York (J&R Adventures)
2. Bonnie Raitt - Slipstream (Redwing Records)
1. Gary Clark, Jr. - Blak and Blu (Warner Brothers)
Photo of Hugh Laurie's Let Them Talk courtesy Warner Brothers Records