We have one more week of the old normal, I guess, as the blues chart for the week ending January 18, 2014 seems to show the last few holiday sales trickling in and supporting the status quo. Interestingly, the North Mississippi Allstars' World Boogie Is Coming album jumped four spots this week to nestle in nicely at number three. Guitarist Joey B. still holds down three positions, one with Beth Hart and the Grammy®-nominated Seesaw album and, well, if all this sounds familiar, it's basically the same chart as the last month or so...
I feel like this is about to change, however...new blues return this week after a week of archival releases, with both John Hammond's Timeless (his first in five years) joined by Tinsley Ellis's Midnight Blue on the record store shelves this week. Either or both of these new discs have a puncher's chance of hitting the top ten, and if they don't, Tommy Castro, Damon Fowler, and Billy Branch are lurking around the corner to bring some fresh jams to a stale sales chart...
Here are this week's Billboard Top Ten blues albums, ranked by sales:
10. Hugh Laurie - Didn't It Rain (Warner Brothers)
9. Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa - Seesaw (J&R Adventures)
8. Jonny Lang - Fight For My Soul (Concord Records)
7. The Rides - Can't Get Enough (429 Records)
6. Joe Bonamassa - Beacon Theatre: Live From New York (J&R Adventures)
5. Joe Bonamassa - An Acoustic Evening at the Vienna Opera House (J&R Adventures)
4. Buddy Guy - Rhythm & Blues (Silvertone Records)
3. North Mississippi Allstars - World Boogie Is Coming (Songs of the South Records)
2. Tedeschi Trucks Band - Made Up Mind (Sony Masterworks)
1. Gary Clark, Jr. - Blak and Blu (Warner Brothers)
New releases this week: John Hammond's Timeless (Palmetto Records) & Tinsley Ellis's Midnight Blue (Landslide Records)
Photo of John Hammond's Timeless courtesy Palmetto Records