The blues chart for the week ending January 26, 2013 shows a little shuffling of positions amongst a handful of longtime charters, but nothing much of consequence, really. The top three stay exactly the same, the Tedeschi Truck Band's live disc jumps up three spots, as does the persistent various artists compilation Most Essential Blues, but otherwise everybody seems to be buying pretty much the same ol', same old...
There are no new releases scheduled for this week, but there is something interesting stirring just below the Top Ten. The soundtrack to the upcoming Al Pacino/Christopher Walken movie Stand Up Guys makes its debut this week at number 15, and with the film due for release on February 1st, the album just might get some traction and move into the upper reaches of the chart. Don't be fooled by the hype, though - although the Stand Up Guys CD features two new and really bad Jon Bon Jovi acoustic numbers (probably inserted on the album with a crowbar to pacify some label exec), the producers were definitely going for a retro R&B vibe and included some cool music on the disc.
Alongside songs from throwback artists like Sharon Jones & the Daptones and Charles Bradley you'll find classic tunes from Muddy Waters, Elvin Bishop, and Sam & Dave. Gary Clark, Jr. makes an appearance on the Stand Up Guys soundtrack, and there are a few odd tracks from obscure artists, but otherwise it's not a bad way for a newcomer to be introduced to some fine R&B and blues. There isn't anything on the album that the hardcore blues fan doesn't have two (or three) versions of, but then again, they're not selling it to us, are they?
Here are this week's Billboard Top Ten blues albums, ranked by sales:
10. Dr. John - Locked Down (Nonesuch Records)
9. Joe Bonamassa - Driving Towards The Daylight (J&R Adventures)
8. Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa - Don't Explain (J&R Adventures)
7. Various Artists - Most Essential Blues (X5 Music Group)
6. Gary Clark, Jr. - The Bright Lights EP (Warner Brothers)
5. Joe Bonamassa - Beacon Theater: Live From New York (J&R Adventures)
4. Tedeschi Trucks Band - Everybody's Talkin' (Sony Masterworks)
3. Buddy Guy - Live At Legends (Silvertone Records)
2. Bonnie Raitt - Slipstream (Redwing Records)
1. Gary Clark, Jr. - Blak and Blu (Warner Brothers)
Photo courtesy Lakeshore Records