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Robin Rogers #1 At Blues Radio, Kenny Wayne Shepherd’s Live! In Chicago Top Selling Blues CD

I’ve been waiting for it and I’m thrilled to report Robin Rogers’ Back In The Fire has finally reached #1 on the Blues Power Rankings as the most played record at blues radio for the past week.  Rogers is battling cancer and friends and colleagues have rallied to help raise money for her treatment and other necessities.  They’ve also rallied to help raise the profile of her latest record, hoping to lift her spirits as she fights for her life.  Fire has been in the chart’s upper reaches since its debut but this is its first trip to #1.  Congratulations, Robin.

Buddy Guy’s Living Proof has vaulted up the charts, as expected.  I’ve gotten to listen to it a few times now and look forward to soon sharing my thoughts on it.  I’m also going to have to get busy and get reviews of Walter Trout and JJ Grey & Mofro up here.  Those have been on my “to do” list too long.  Here are the Blues Power Rankings at radio.  Scroll down to see what’s making big news at retail with the top selling blues albums according to Billboard Magazine.

  1. Robin Rogers  - Back In The Fire
  2. James Cotton  - Giant
  3. Kenny Neal  - Hooked On Your Love
  4. Bob Corritore & Friends  - Harmonica Blues
  5. Lucky Peterson  - You Can Always Turn Around
  6. Albert Castiglia  - Keepin On
  7. Duke Robillard  - Passport To The Blues
  8. Elvin Bishop  - Red Dog Speaks
  9. JJ Grey & Mofro  - Georgia Warhorse
  10. Buddy Guy  - Living Proof
  11. Charlie Musselwhite  - The Well
  12. Mel Brown  - Love, Lost And Found
  13. Davis Coen  - Jukebox Classic
  14. Cyndi Lauper  - Memphis Blues
  15. Eric Clapton  - Clapton
  16. Walter Trout  - Common Ground
  17. The Blues Masters Featuring ‘Big Al’ Carson  - 3 Phat Catz And 1 Skinny Dogg
  18. Tony Joe White  - That On The Road Look – Live
  19. Rita Chiarelli  - Sweet Paradise
  20. Ronnie Earl – Spread The Love
  21. Dave Specter  - Spectified
  22. Shawn Camp  - 1994
  23. The Derek Trucks Band  - Roadsongs
  24. Steve Miller Band  - Bingo!
  25. Chris Cain  - So Many Miles
  26. Mitch Kashmar & The Pontiax  - 100 Miles To Go
  27. Joe Louis Walker  - Live On The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise
  28. Deb Callahan  - Tell It Like It Is
  29. Mitch Woods  - Gumbo Blues
  30. Robert Cray  - Cookin’ In Mobile

Taking a look at the Billboard Blues Top 10, we see Kenny Wayne Shepherd’s Live! In Chicago is still the #1 record followed by another live album.  Joe Bonamassa’s Royal Albert Hall show began its life as a Blu-ray/DVD but now has an audio companion and it debuts at #2, giving him two albums in Billboard’s Top 10.  I expected Buddy Guy’s Living Proof to vault higher in the first official week of its release but it actually dropped a notch.  I believe that record has upward trajectory written all over it but it will have to wait for one more week.

  1. Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band – Live! In Chicago
  2. Joe Bonamassa – Live From The Royal Albert Hall
  3. Etta James – Icon: Etta James
  4. Cyndi Lauper – Memphis Blues
  5. The Steve Miller Band – BINGO!
  6. The Derek Trucks Band – Roadsongs
  7. Joe Bonamassa – Black Rock
  8. Bettye LaVette – Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook
  9. Buddy Guy – Living Proof
  10. Chris Duarte Group – Infinity Energy

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