It's beginning to get exciting up in here as the blues chart for the week ending March 2, 2013 injects even more fresh blood into the Top Ten. Anders Osborne's Three Free Amigos EP debuts strong at number nine this week, while Devon Allman's solo debut Turquoise enters the chart in its first week at number five. Bubbling under the Top Ten, Otis Taylor's My World Is Gone sits at number eleven and poised to jump up a spot or two. Dr. John's Locked Down benefited from the roots 'n' blues veteran's recent Grammy® Award win, jumping up four spots this week.
There are but a handful of new releases this week to round out the month of February, including two sleeper albums by up-and-coming talents that have years of experience in the trenches. Guitarist Hadden Sayers follows up on his acclaimed 2011 album Hard Dollar with an equally impressive collection of "retro-American soul," Rolling Soul. Singer and guitarist Mark Robinson releases his sophomore effort, Have Axe - Will Groove, a perfect showcase for his incredible six-string talents that add the sizzle to a healthy, rocking hybrid of blues, rock, soul, and Southern-fried funk. This week's archival release is the cool two-disc Freddie King set, The Complete King Federal Singles, which offers up 54 red-hot performances by the blues guitar legend recorded from 1960 through 1967.
Here are this week's Billboard Top Ten blues albums, ranked by sales:
10. Joe Bonamassa - Driving Towards The Daylight (J&R Adventures)
9. Buddy Guy - Live At Legends (Silvertone Records)
8. Anders Osborne - Three Free Amigos (Alligator Records)
7. Tedeschi Trucks Band - Everybody's Talkin' (Sony Masterworks)
6. Joe Bonamassa - Beacon Theater: Live From New York (J&R Adventures)
5. Devon Allman - Turquoise (Ruf Records)
4. Dr. John - Locked Down (Nonesuch Records)
3. Bonnie Raitt - Slipstream (Redwing Records)
2. Gary Clark, Jr. - Blak and Blu (Warner Brothers)
1. Charlie Musselwhite & Ben Harper - Get Up! (Stax Records)
New releases: Freddie King's The Complete King Federal Singles (Real Gone Music); Hadden Sayers' Rolling Soul (Blue Corn Music); Mark Robinson's Have Axe - Will Groove (Blind Chihuahua Records)
Photo of Mark Robinson's Have Axe - Will Groove courtesy Blind Chihuahua Records