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2017 - Top Blues CD's

2017 - Top Blues CD's (in no particular order) - by Red, White & Blues host Brian Kelm

(Disclaimer - it should be noted that these are simply 20 of my favorite CD’s that came into KRCL and/or I otherwise came across. There are simply too many good blues CD’s out there for me to buy them ALL up!)

  • John Mayall – Talk About That (Forty Below Records 1/27/17)
  • Scott Ramminger – Do What Your Heart Says To (Arbor Lane Music 2/17/17)
  • Monster Mike Welch & Mike Ledbetter - Right Place, Right Time (Delta Groove 4/21/17)
  • The Exciting Sounds of the Dylan Bishop Band (Espanada Records 5/9/17)
  • Andy T Band – Double Strike (American Showplace Music 6/16/17)
  • Cash Box Kings – Royal Mint (Alligator 6/30/17)
  • 2016 - Top Blues CD's

    2016 - Top Blues CD's (in no particular order) - by Red, White & Blues host Brian Kelm

    (Disclaimer - it should be noted that these are simply 20 of my favorite CD’s that came into KRCL and/or I otherwise came across. There are simply too many good blues CD’s out there for me to buy them ALL up!)

  • Toronzo Cannon – The Chicago Way (Alligator 2/26/16) *
  • Corey Dennison Band – Self Titled (Delmark 3/18/16) **
  • Terrie Odabi – My Blue Soul (Self produced 4/12/16) ***
  • Mac Arnold and Plate Full O' Blues - Give It Away (Plantation #1 Productions 4/15/16)
  • Mike Wheeler Band – Turn Up!! (Delmark 4/19/16)
  • Paul Reddick - Ride The One (Stony Plain 5/20/16)
  • Nick Moss Band – From the Root To The Fruit (Blue Bella 5/20/16) 4*
  • Big Jon Atkinson & Bob Corritore – House Party at Big Jon’s (Delta Groove 5/20/16) 5*
  • Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne - Jumpin & Boppin (Stony Plain 6/3/16)
  • Kenny Neal – Blood Line (Cleopatra 7/22/16) 6*
  • Dennis Gruenling – Ready or Not (VizzTone 7/22/16)
  • Michael Burks – I’m a Bluesman (Iron Man Music 7/30/16) 7*
  • Annika Chambers – Wild & Free (UTR Music Group 8/26/16) 8*
  • Bobby Rush – Porcupine Meat (Rounder 9/16/16) 9*
  • Vaneese Thomas – The Long Journey Home (Segue 9/16/16) 10*
  • Thornetta Davis – Honest Woman (Sweet Mama Music 9/23/16) 11*
  • Knickerbocker All-Stars – Texas Rhody Blues (JP Cadillac Records 10/4/16)
  • Sugar Ray and the Bluetones – Seeing Is Believing (Severn 10/7/16) 12*
  • Rory Block - Keepin' Outta Trouble: A Tribute To Bukka White (Stony Plain 11/18/16)
  • Benny & the Flybyniters – Watch Yourself (Rhythm Bomb 11/25/16


    The following were nominated for 2017 BMA’s (announced 1/9/17):
  • *Album; Contemporary Blues Album; Contemporary Blues Male Artist; Song (Gotta Walk It Off)
  • ** Best Emerging Artist Album
  • ***Best Emerging Artist Album; Soul Blues Female Artist
  • 4* Album; Band; Contemporary Blues Album
  • 5* Trad Blues Album
  • 6* Album; Contemporary Blues Album; Contemporary Blues Male Artist
  • 7* Historical Album (actually recorded in 1998 but just released this year!)
  • 8* Koko Taylor Award (Trad Blues Female Artist)
  • 9* Album; Soul Blues Album; Soul Blues Male Artist
  • 10* Soul Blues Female Artist
  • 11* Song (I Gotta Sang The Blues)
  • 12* Wow, 10 nominations!...Album; BB King Entertainer; Song (Seeing Is Believing); Trad Blues Album; Trad Blues Male Artist; Band; Instrumentatalist-Harmonica; Guitar (Monster Mike Welch); Bass (Michael “Mudcat” Grant); Pinetop Perkins Piano (Anthony Geraci)
  • 2015 - Top Blues CD's

    2015 - Top Blues CD's (listed by release date) - by KRCL's "Red, White & Blues" host Brian Kelm

    (Disclaimer - it should be noted that these are simply 20 of my favorite CD’s that came into KRCL and/or I otherwise came across. There are simply too many good blues CD’s out there for me to buy them all up!)


    • Brad Absher & Swamp Royale – Lucky Dog (Montrose 1/13/15)
    • Mike Henderson Band – If You Think It’s Hot Here…. (EllerSoul 1/20/15)
    • Igor Prado Band – Way Down South (Delta Groove 2/17/15)
    • Harrison Kennedy – This Is From Here (Electro-Fi 2/17/15)
    • Joe Bonamassa - Muddy Wolf at Red Rocks (J&R Adventures 3/23/15)
    • Deb Ryder – Let It Rain (Delta Groove 4/21/15)
    • James Harman – Bonetime (Electro-Fi 4/21/15)
    • Cash Box Kings – Holding Court (Blind Pig 4/28/15)
    • Johnny Tanner – Juke Joint Rambler (Self 5/5/15)
    • Sugaray Rayford – Southside (Delta Groove 5/19/15) [Amazing soul blues]
    • Wee Willie Walker - If Nothing Ever Changes (Little Village Foundation 6/8/15) [Amazing soul blues too!]
    • Omar Coleman – Born and Raised (Delmark 6/16/15)
    • Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters – Father’s Day (Stony Plain 7/17/15)
    • Chris James & Patrick Rynn – Trouble Don’t Last (VizzTone 8/21/15)
    • Jimmy Burns – It Ain’t Right (Delmark 8/21/15)
    • Andy T Nick Nixon Band – Numbers Man (Blind Pig 8/28/15)
    • Shemekia Copeland – Outskirts of Love (Alligator 9/11/15)
    • Knickerbocker All-Stars – Go Back Home to the Blues (JP Cadillac Records 10/6/15)
    • Eugene Hideaway Bridges - Hold On a Little Bit Longer (Armadillo 10/30/15)
    • Jonn Del Toro Richardson – Tengo Blues (Vizztone 11/27/15)
    2014 - Top Blues CD's

    2014 - Top Blues CD's (listed by release date) - by KRCL's "Red, White & Blues" host Brian Kelm

    (Disclaimer - it should be noted that these are simply 20 of my favorite CD’s that came into KRCL and/or I otherwise came across. There are simply too many good blues CD’s out there for me to buy them all up!)

    • Tinsley Ellis – Midnight Blue (Heartfixer Music 1/14/14)
    • Tommy Castro – The Devil You Know (Alligator 1/21/14)
    • Billy Branch and the Sons of Blues – Blues Shock (Blind Pig 1/21/14)
    • Annika Chambers & the Houston Allstars – Making My Mark*** (Montrose 1/14/14) ***WOW!! Get it!!
    • Kim Simmonds & Savoy Brown – Goin’ to the Delta (Ruf 2/11/14)
    • James Armstrong – Guitar Angels (Catfood 2/18/14)
    • Nick Moss Band – Time Ain’t Free (Blue Bella Records 3/18/14)
    • Thorbjørn Risager & The Black Tornado – Too Many Roads (Ruf 5/13/14)
    • Kenny Wayne Shepherd – Goin’ Home (Concord 5/19/14)
    • Walter Trout – The Blues Came Callin’ (Provogue 6/10/14)
    • Mannish Boys – Wrapped Up and Ready (Delta Groove 6/17/14)
    • Elvin Bishop - Can’t Even Do Wrong Right (Alligator 8/19/14)
    • Johnny Winter – Step Back (Megaforce 9/2/14)
    • Sugaray Rayford – Dangerous (Delta Groove 9/17/14)
    • JP Soars – Full Moon Night In Memphis (Soars High Productions 9/18/14)
    • Duke Robillard – Calling All Blues! (Stony Plain 9/23/14)
    • Billy Boy Arnold – The Blues Soul Of (Stony Plain 10/21/14)
    • Nathan James – Hear Me Calling & Natural Born This Way (Self 10/28/14)
    • Altered Five Blues Band – Cryin’ Mercy (Omnivide Records 10/28/14)
    • Eric Bibb – Blues People (Stony Plain 11/4/14) ACOUSTIC
    2013 - Top Blues CD's

    2013 - Top Blues CD's (listed by release date) - by KRCL's "Red, White & Blues" host Brian Kelm

    (Disclaimer - it should be noted that these are simply 20 of my favorite CD’s that came into KRCL and/or I otherwise came across. There are simply too many good blues CD’s out there for me to buy them all up!)

    • Andy T – Nick Nixon Band – Drink Drank Drunk (Delta Groove 2/19/13)
    • Long Tall Deb – Raise Your Hands (Self 3/5/13)
    • Cash Box Kings - Black Toppin’ (Blind Pig 3/12/13)
    • Southern Hospitality – Easy Livin’ (Blind Pig 3/12/13)
    • Joe Bonamassa – An Acoustic Evening at the Vienna Opera House (J&R Adventures 3/26/13)
    • Chris Antonik – Better for You (Self 3/26/13)
    • Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters – Just for Today (Stony Plain 4/9/13)
    • Ana Popovic – Can You Stand the Heat (Ruf 4/16/13)
    • Anthony Gomes - …Before the Beginning (Up to Zero Entertainment 4/30/13)
    • James Cotton – Cotton Mouth Man (Alligator 5/7/13)
    • Ruff Kutt Blues Band – That’s When the Blues Begins (Vizztone 5/14/13)
    • David Egan – self titled (self produced 6/4/13)
    • Mike Zito – Gone to Texas (6/11/13 Ruf)
    • RB Stone – Loosen Up! (Middle Mountain Music 6/18/13)
    • Too Slim & the Taildraggers – Blue Heart (Underworld Records 6/18/13)
    • Paul Gabriel – What’s the Chance (Swinging Stone 6/18/13)
    • Studebaker John’s Maxwell Street Kings – Kingsville Jukin’ (Delmark 6/25/13)
    • Buddy Guy – Rhythm & Blues (RCA 7/30/13)
    • Sugaray Rayford – Dangerous (Delta Groove 9/17/13)
    • Bill Blue – Mojolation (Warmfuzz.com 10/14/13)

    Alternates/Honorable Mentions:

    • Andrew Jr. Boy Jones – I Know What Its Like (technically this was released in late Dec. 2012 by 43rd Big Idea Records but I didn’t get it until early 2013!!)
    • Connie Hawkins and the Blues Wreckers – Wired Up and Fired Up (Little Red Records 5/1/13)
    • Candye Kane feat. Laura Chavez – Coming Out Swingin’ (Vizztone 6/25/13)
    • Andre Bisson – Bad Scene (Self 8/13)
    • Jonn Del Toro Richardson & Sean Carney – Drivin’ Me Wild (Self 9/7/13)
    • Billy Thompson – Friend (Soul Stew 9/20/13)
    • Johnny Rawls – Remembering O.V. (10/15/13 Catfood)
    2012 - Top Blues CD's

    2012 - Top Blues CD's (listed by release date) - by KRCL's "Red, White & Blues" host Brian Kelm

    (Disclaimer - it should be noted that these are simply 20 of my favorite CD’s that came into KRCL and/or I otherwise came across. There are simply too many good blues CD’s out there for me to buy them all up!)

    • Mannish Boys – Double Dynamite (Delta Groove 5/15/12)
    • Mary Bridget Davies – Wanna Feel Somethin (Self 1/17/12)
    • Nathan James & the Rhythm Scratchers – What You Make of It (Delta Groove 3/20/12)
    • Teresa James and the Rhythm Tramps – Come On Home (Burnside 8-23-12)
    • Janiva Magness – Stronger for It (Alligator 3/13/12)
    • Eddie Martin with His Big Blues Band (& special guest Pee Wee Ellis) – Looking Forward Looking Back (Blueblood 6/18/12)
    • Walter Trout – Blues for Modern Daze (Provogue 5/1/12)
    • Paul Mark & the Van Dorens - Smartest Man In The Room (Radiation Records 5/22/12)
    • Rick Estrin & the Nightcats – One Wrong Turn (Alligator 7/3/12)
    • Lisa Mann - Satisfied (self 2/14/12)
    • Chris O’Leary Band – Waiting For the Phone to Ring (Vizztone 6/26/12)
    • Paula Harris – Turning On The Naughty (Self 6/29/12)
    • Ian Siegal & the Mississippi Mudbloods – Candy Store Kid (Nugene 10/15/12)
    • Shemekia Copeland – 33 1/3 (Telarc 9/25/12)
    • Thorbjorn Risager – Dust & Scratches (Cope Records 1/16/12)
    • Michael Burks – Show of Strength (Alligator 8/21/12)
    • Stina Stenerud & Her Soul Replacement – Coming Home (Hunters Records 9/12/12)
    • Daddy Mack Blues Band – Pay the Piper (Inside Sounds 3/6/12)
    • Meena – Try Me (Ruf 7/10/12)
    • John Lee Hooker Jr. – All Hooked Up (Steppin Stone Records 9/18/12)
    2011 - Top Blues CD's

    2011 - Top Blues CD's(in no particular order) - by KRCL's "Red, White & Blues" host Brian Kelm.

    (Disclaimer - it should be noted that these are simply 23 of my favorite CD’s that came into KRCL and/or I otherwise came across. There are simply too many good blues CD’s out there for me to buy them all up!)

    • Too Slim & the Taildraggers - Shiver (Underworld)
    • EG Kight - Lip Service (Vizztone)
    • Carlos Del Junco & the Blues Mongrels - Mongrel Mash (Idie Europe/Zoom)
    • Big Joe & the Dynaflows - You Can’t Keep a Good Man Down (Severn)
    • Cash Box Kings - Holler and Stomp (Blind Pig)
    • Tedeschi Trucks Band - Revelator (Sony)
    • Trampled Under Foot - Wrong Side of the Blues (Vizztone)
    • JP Soars - More Bees with Honey (Soars High Productions)
    • Ian Siegal and the Youngest Sons - The Skinny (Nugene)
    • Damon Fowler - Devil Got His Way (Blind Pig)
    • Tab Benoit - Medicine (Telarc)
    • Brick Fields - Gospel Blue (self)
    • Terry Hanck - Look Out! (Delta Groove)
    • Candye Kane - Sister Vagabond (Delta Groove)
    • Quintus McCormick - Put It On Me (Delmark)
    • Greg Allman – Low Country Blues (Rounder)
    • Elvin Bishop’s Hell Raisin Revue – Live on the LRBC (Delta Groove)
    • Tommy Castro – The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Revue (Alligator)
    • Sena Ehrhardt – Leave the Light On (Blind Pig)
    • Etta James – The Dreamer (Verve Forecast)
    • Roomful of Blues – Hook Line & Sinker (Alligator)
    • Ruff Kutt Blues Band – Mill Block Blues (Katy Mae Productions)
    • Chicago Blues: A Living History, The (R) Evolution Continues (Raisin Music)
    2010 - Top Blues CD's

    2010 - Top Blues CD's (in no particular order) - by KRCL's "Red, White & Blues" host Brian Kelm

    (Disclaimer - it should be noted that these are simply a dozen of my favorite CD’s that came into KRCL and/or I otherwise came across.  There are simply too many good blues CD’s out there for me to buy them all up!)
    • Mark Hummel - Retro-Active (Electro Fi)
    • Charlie Musselwhite - The Well (Alligator)
    • Kenny Neal - Hooked On Your Love  (Blind Pig)
    • Buddy Guy - Living Proof (Silvertone)
    • Derek Trucks - Roadsongs (Sony Masterworks)
    • Kenny Wayne Shepherd - Live! In Chicago (Roadrunner)
    • Eden Brent - Aint Got No Troubles (Yellow Dog)
    • Studebaker John - That’s the Way You Do (Delmark)
    • Teeny Tucker - Keep the Blues Alive (TeBo Records)
    • John Nemeth – Name the Day (Blind Pig)
    • Jimmie Vaughan – Plays Blues, Ballads & Favorites (Shout! Factory Records)
    • Joanne Shaw Taylor – Diamonds in the Dirt (Ruf)
    2009 - Top Blues CD's

    2009 - Top Blues CD's (in no particular order) - by KRCL's "Red, White & Blues" host Brian Kelm.

    (Disclaimer - it should be noted that these are simply 10 of my favorite CD’s that came into KRCL and/or I otherwise came across.  There are simply too many good blues CD’s out there for me to buy them all up!)

    • Tommy Castro - Hard Believer (Alligator)
    • Shemekia Copeland - Never Going Back (Telarc)
    • Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters - Living in the Light (Stony Plain Records)
    • Rick Estrin & the Nightcats - Twisted (Alligator)
    • John Nemeth - Love Me Tonight (Blind Pig)
    • Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers - Soul Monster (Delta Groove)
    • Duke Robillard - Stomp!  The Blues Tonight (Stony Plain Records)
    • Derek Trucks - Already Free (Sony/Victor)
    • Buckwheat Zydeco - Lay Your Burden Down (Alligator)
    • Kelley Hunt - Mercy (88 Records)
    2008 - Top 10 Blues CD's

    2008 - Top 10 Blues CD's (in no particular order) - by 90.9 FM KRCL's "Red, White & Blues" program host Brian Kelm.

      (Disclaimer - it should be noted that these are simply 10 of my favorite CD’s that came into KRCL and/or I otherwise came across.  There are simply too many good blues CD’s out there for me to buy them all up!)  
    • Skin Deep – Buddy Guy (Silvertone)
    • Just Between Us - Clarence Spady (Severn)
    • Kenny Neal - Let Life Flow (Blind Pig)
    • Maestro – Taj Mahal (Head’s Up International)
    • Clean Getaway - Curtis Salgado (Shanachie)
    • West Side Strut - Eddie “The Chief” Clearwater (Alligator)
    • Pay Me No Mind - Homemade Jamz Blues Band  (Northern Blues)
    • Back to the River - Susan Tedeschi  (Verve)
    • Earl Thomas with Paddy Milner & the Big Sounds (self produced)
    • Overnight Sensation - Jackie Payne & Steve Edmonson (Delta Groove)
    2007 - Top 10 Blues CD's

    2007 - Top 10 Blues CD's (in no particular order) - by 90.9 FM KRCL's "Red, White & Blues" program host Brian Kelm.

     (Disclaimer - it should be noted that these are simply 10 of my favorite CD’s that came into KRCL and/or I otherwise came across.  There are simply too many good blues CD’s out there for me to buy them all up!)

    • Coco Montoya – Dirty Deal (Alligator)
    • Koko Taylor – Old School (Alligator)
    • Larry McCray - Self Titled (Magnolia)
    • Tommy Castro - Painkiller (Blind Pig)
    • John Nemeth - Magic Touch (Blind Pig)
    • Omar Kent Dykes & Jimmy Vaughn - Down the Jimmy Reed Highway (Ruf)
    • Phillip Walker - Going Back Home (Delta Groove)
    • Mannish Boys - Big Plans (Delta Groove)
    • Duke Robillard - Duke Robillard's World Full of Blues (Stony Plain)
    • Eric Bibb - An Evening With (MC Records)  Gotta include an acoustic CD and this 1 is worthy!

    Honorable Mention (because this is previously released material, but newly issued in 2007):

    • Stax 50th Anniversary Celebration  (Stax)
    • The Essential Magic Slim (Blind Pig)
    • Muddy Waters/James Cotton/Johnny Winter - Breakin' It Up & Breakin' It Down (Sony - Epic/Legacy)
     

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