Blues legend B.B. King wears the crown onstage and on the charts this week.
He just opened his newest nightclub, B.B. King's Blues Club & Grill, in New York. And now his latest album debuts at #1 on the Billboard Top Blues albums chart, as well as at #3 on the pop albums chart. Oh, yes, some British chap named Eric Clapton also was along for the ride.
King and Clapton's Riding With the King sold 193,377 copies last week, according to SoundScan, as the guitarists dueled and dualed on such songs as the 1951 King classic "Three O'Clock Blues" (RealAudio excerpt) and Big Bill Broonzy's "Key to the Highway" (RealAudio excerpt). And proving that youth is not being served on the blues chart this week, blueswoman Shannon Curfman drops five places to #9 with her Loud Guitars, Big Suspicions.
Meanwhile, on the Gavin Americana radio airplay chart, it's hard to go far without striking Earle. Two of them, in fact. Steve Earle remains at #1 for the fourth straight week with Transcendental Blues, while his gentler, relentlessly touring sister, Stacey Earle, sees her Dancin' With Them That Brung Me (Gearle) jump from #15 to #8.
Debuting at #16 on the Americana chart is Woodstock Nation (Dead Reckoning) by Bakersfield's alt-country Big
House, who have rebuilt themselves after a two-album stint on a major label. The rest of the Americana top 10 is: Nickel Creek, Nickel Creek, at #2; Todd Snider, Happy To Be Here, at #3; Neil Young, Silver & Gold, at #4; Joe Ely, Live at Antone's, at #5; BR5-49, Coast to Coast Live, at #6; Texas singer-songwriter Pat Green, Carry On, at #7; Peter Case, Flying Saucer Blues, at #9; and the all-star I-10 Chronicles, at #10.
Rounding out the top 10 on the blues chart are: last week's #1, Johnnie Taylor's Gotta Get the Groove Back, at #2; Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Blues at Sunrise, at #3; Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band, Live On, at #4; 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; and Albert King With Stevie Ray Vaughan, In Session, at #10.