The holiday season has come screeching to a halt and people have begrudgingly gone back to work, so the blues chart for the week ending January 12, 2013 differs only slightly from our December versions. Interestingly, Joey B (Bonamassa) holds down the middle of the chart as his collaboration with Beth Hart, Don't Explain, jumps back up the chart from oblivion to grab the number four spot.
The first full week of the new year sees a slew of brand spankin' new releases...well, some of them are reissues, but they're all too cool for school, the roster led by Bob Brozman's Fire In The Mind (from Ruf Records), the much-anticipated follow-up to the multi-instrumentalist's acclaimed 2007 album Post-Industrial Blues. Dutch blues outfit Doghouse Sam & His Magnatones deliver their debut album Buddha Blues, while the rest of this week's releases come from British archival label Document Records, including great stuff from Granville "Stick" McGhee and Rev. Gary Davis.
Here are this week's Billboard Top Ten blues albums, ranked by sales:
10. Wynton Marsalis & Eric Clapton - Play The Blues (Warner Brothers)
9. Tedeschi Trucks Band - Everybody's Talkin' (Sony Masterworks)
8. Dr. John - Locked Down (Nonesuch Records)
7. Gary Clark, Jr. - The Bright Lights EP (Warner Brothers)
6. Joe Bonamassa - Driving Towards The Daylight (J&R Adventures)
5. Joe Bonamassa - Beacon Theater: Live From New York (J&R Adventures)
4. Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa - Don't Explain (J&R Adventures)
3. Buddy Guy - Live At Legends (Silvertone Records)
2. Bonnie Raitt - Slipstream (Redwing Records)
1. Gary Clark, Jr. - Blak and Blu (Warner Brothers)
New Releases: Big Brother & the Holding Company's Cheap Thrills (Legacy); Bob Brozman's Fire In The Mind (Ruf Records); Doghouse Sam & His Magnatones' Buddha Blues (Blues Boulevard); Granville "Stick" McGhee's Volume 1 (1947-51) (Document Records); Rev. Gary Davis's An Afternoon With... (Document Records); Various Artists - Blues From Maxwell Street 1960 & 1965 (Document Records)
Photo of Bob Brozman's Fire In The Mind courtesy Ruf Records