Steve Earle remains at #1 this week on the Gavin Americana airplay chart, and that's not the half of it. His new album, Transcendental Blues, will debut this week at #66 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and at #5 on the magazine's Top Country albums survey, even though the record is arguably more rock or folk, or bluegrass, or Irish than it is country.
Moving up one spot to #2 on the Americana chart is Nickel Creek, the debut by the bluegrass-inspired whiz kids of the same name, who tackle a variety of styles, including the traditional Irish sound of Sinéad Lohan's "Out of the Woods" (RealAudio excerpt).
The late Johnnie Taylor remains at #1 for a second straight week on the Billboard Top Blues albums chart with his Gotta Get the Groove Back, which is followed once again by Blues at Sunrise by Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble.
Debuting at #14 on the blues chart is Royal Blue (Alligator) by legendary dynamo Koko Taylor, who duets with Keb' Mo' on the down-home "The Man Next Door" (RealAudio excerpt).
Rounding out the top 10 on the blues chart are the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band, Live On, at #3; Shannon Curfman, Loud Guitars, Big Suspicions, which jumps to #4 from #8; B.B. King, Makin' Love Is Good for You, at #5; Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, The Real Deal: Greatest Hits Volume 2, at #6; Indigenous, Circle, at #7; Jonny Lang, Wander This World, at #8; Albert King With Stevie Ray Vaughan, In Session, at #9; and the various artists The Best Blues Album in the World ... Ever!, at #10.
The remainder of the Americana top 10 is: BR5-49, Coast to Coast Live, at #3; Todd Snider, Happy To Be Here, at #4; various artists I-10 Chronicles, at #5; Neil Young, Silver & Gold, at #6; Joe Ely's Austin-powered Live at Antone's, at #7; Texas singer-songwriter Pat Green's Carry On, at #8; Jimmie Dale Gilmore, One Endless Night, at #9; and Claire Lynch, Love Light, at #10.