I have wanted to report the chart news on the blues beat for ages but until recently, Billboard's Blues Albums chart was only available to subscribers and those subscriptions are not cheap. It now seems Billboard is going to allow access to those charts for free, so we'll talk about what's moving and shaking on the Billboard Blues Charts each week and give them some linky love and attribution.
As we draw closer to the announcement of the 2010 Blues Music Award winners, it's time to start looking at the albums that might make noise in next year's awards. The Holmes Brothers' Feed My Soul debuts at #1 on this week's chart. Bare Knuckle, the first album from Guitar Shorty since 2006, debuts this week at #3.
Also recent releases on this week's chart include Eric Bibb and Moreland & Arbuckle. Bibb's Booker's Guitar has been on the chart six weeks and was at one time the #1 album. Aaron Moreland and Dustin Arbuckle released their second album, Flood, at the end of February and on this week's charts they were among the biggest radio and sales gainers moving from #7 to #5.
Older albums on the charts this week include the Cadillac Records soundtrack to the film based loosely on Chess Records. Joe Bonamassa's Ballad of John Henry and Derek Trucks Band's Already Free were strong sellers last year on the blues chart and continue to find new listeners.
Falling out of the charts from last week include three albums up for 2010 BMAs. Tommy Castro is nominated for four awards and his Hard Believer falls out of the Top 10 as does Joanne Shaw Taylor's White Sugar and Mike Zito's Pearl River
- Feed My Soul – The Holmes Brothers
- Cadillac Records – Soundtrack
- Bare Knuckle – Guitar Shorty
- Booker's Guitar – Eric Bibb
- Flood – Moreland & Arbuckle
- The Ballad of John Henry – Joe Bonamassa
- Tell 'Em What Your Name Is! – Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears
- Already Free – The Derek Trucks Band
- Maestro – Taj Mahal
- Acquired Taste – Delbert McClinton & Dick50