I'd recommend skipping the blues chart for the week ending February 2, 2013 because other than a few old titles swapping positions, not much is happening in the Top Ten. It's impressive, though, how the Beth Hart/Joe Bonamassa album Don't Explain continues to show some real legs, sliding up a couple spots to hang in at number four...not too shabby for an album that's been running up and down the chart for almost a year now. A couple of worthy titles are bubbling under the Top Ten, waiting their chance, Shemekia Copeland's Grammy®-nominated 33 1/3 album particular worthy of another look.
A couple of new archival releases this week, including Johnny Winter And's Live At The Fillmore East 10-3-70. Johnny Winter And was a short-lived band circa 1970-71 that included guitarist Rick Derringer, bassist Randy Jo Hobbs, and drummer Randy Z (Rick's brother) - basically the McCoys ("Hang On Sloopy") - backing Winter's earthy roots 'n' blues sound. This line-up released a pair of albums, including a best-selling live disc, and Live At The Fillmore East 10-3-70 expands upon 1971's live disc by adding more of the Fillmore show. The other reissue this week is of Stevie Ray Vaughan's phenomenal debut album, Texas Flood, which remains one of the most influential blues discs of all time, this expended edition adding a red-hot live show to the already scorching original LP.
Here are this week's Billboard Top Ten blues albums, ranked by sales:
10. Various Artists - Most Essential Blues (X5 Music Group)
9. Dr. John - Locked Down (Nonesuch Records)
8. Joe Bonamassa - Driving Towards The Daylight (J&R Adventures)
7. Gary Clark, Jr. - The Bright Lights EP (Warner Brothers)
6. Joe Bonamassa - Beacon Theater: Live From New York (J&R Adventures)
5. Tedeschi Trucks Band - Everybody's Talkin' (Sony Masterworks)
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: Johnny Winter And's Live At The Fillmore East 10-3-70 (Relayer Records); Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Troubles' Texas Flood (Legacy Recordings)
Photo of Johnny Winter's Live At The Fillmore East 10-3-70 courtesy Relayer Records