Legends: Buddy Guy’s Living Proof Top Selling Blues Album, James Cotton #1 At Radio

Original Article By Josh Hathaway, Blogcritics.org

Reposted on American Blues Blog
By Glen A. Casebeer/Northwest Music Scene

The surge begins for Buddy Guy, who is #1 on the Billboard Blues Albums chart and #2 at Blues Radio in this week’s Blues Power Rankings.

James Cotton makes what I believe is his third trip to the #1 spot at radio this week, followed by Guy, Robin Rogers, JJ Grey & Mofro, and Kenny Neal’s Hooked On Your Love. I haven’t gotten a chance to write my review of Jim Byrnes’ upcoming release Everywhere West but BC writer extraordinaire Jordan Richardson has and I always recommend checking out what he has to say on a record. I’ve listened to it but haven’t had time to gather my thoughts. I look forward to sharing them with you soon as well as on some of these other great records.

As we head into the final weeks of 2010 and I gaze just at this list, I feel my mind melting at the prospect of assembling a list of this year’s best releases. I can already tell I need to do a blues and non-blues list because there have been too many great records. That’s one of the great oddities amid the doom and gloom you hear about the state of music and the music industry. The industry is crumbling but the art remains powerful and vibrant. Take a glance at my reviews of some of these records. There’s no excuse for not finding something great to listen to. I’m especially fond of Ronnie Ear’s Spread The Love and Duke Robillard’s Passport To The Blues, both from Stony Plains Records.

On the albums chart, Guy knocks Kenny Wayne Shepherd from the top slot, a spot he’d held for the previous two weeks. Shepherd’s live album comes in at #2. Joe Bonamassa has his live set as well as most recent studio effort in the Top 10 along with Derek Trucks Band and Steve Miller Band.


Roots Music Report – Blues Radio Chart

  1. James Cotton – Giant
  2. Buddy Guy – Living Proof
  3. Robin Rogers – Back In The Fire
  4. JJ Grey & Mofro – Georgia Warhorse
  5. Kenny Neal – Hooked On Your Love
  6. Lucky Peterson – You Can Always Turn Around
  7. Duke Robillard – Passport To The Blues
  8. Elvin Bishop – Red Dog Speaks
  9. Charlie Musselwhite – The Well
  10. Jim Byrnes – Everywhere West
  11. Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters – Spread The Love
  12. Albert Castiglia – Keepin On
  13. Claudette King – We’re Onto Something
  14. Various Artists – Louisiana Swamp Stomp
  15. Davis Coen – jukebox Classic
  16. Walter Trout – Common Ground
  17. Mel Brown – Love, Lost And Found
  18. Junior Wells & The Aces – Live In Boston 1966
  19. Dave Specter – Spectified
  20. Cyndi Lauper – Memphis Blues
  21. Joe Louis Walker – Live On The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise
  22. Eric Clapton – Clapton
  23. Shawn Camp – 1994
  24. Mitch Kashmar & The Pontiax – 100 Miles To Go
  25. Tony Joe White – That On The Road Look – Live
  26. Hosea Hargrove – Tex Golden Nugget
  27. Jimmie Vaughan – Plays Blues, Ballads & Favorites
  28. The Robert Cray Band – Cookin’ In Mobile
  29. Delbert McClinton – Acquired Taste
  30. The Derek Trucks Band – Roadsongs

Billboard Blues Albums Chart

  1. Buddy Guy – Living Proof
  2. Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band – Live! In Chicago
  3. Etta James – Icon: Etta James
  4. Joe Bonamassa – Live From The Royal Albert Hall
  5. Cyndi Lauper – Memphis Blues
  6. The Steve Miller Band – BINGO!
  7. Devon Allman’s Honeytribe – Space Age Blues
  8. The Derek Trucks Band – Roadsongs
  9. Joe Bonamassa – Black Rock
  10. Mike Farris And The Cumberland Saints- The Night Cumberland Came Alive (Healing Music For The People Of Nashville)

View the original article By JOSH HATHAWAY

By Glen Casebeer/Northwest Music Scene

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Casebeer's first introduction to music was Elvis. Like many of his generation he grew up loving roots based sounds and his first introduction to the blues was through the bands that are considered classic rock now. He has a deep love of the blues, loves to talk about it, loves to write about it and loves to watch it live on stage, with or without.a camera in his hand.