Though the star power of the compilation CD I-10 Chronicles keeps it cruising at #1 on the Gavin Americana chart, Steve Earle's #2 Transcendental Blues is threatening to pass on the left, perhaps even before its official release date of June 6.
In a related development, Stacey Earle, Steve's sister, debuts on the chart at #19 with her new album, Dancin' With Them That Brung Me (Gearle). The Earles sing together on the Transcendental Blues track "When I Fall."
Also making its debut, at #15, is Real Time (Howdy Skies), by Tim O'Brien & Darrell Scott. The two musicians join up with, you guessed it, Steve Earle for his album, as part of the Bluegrass Dukes on "Until the Day I Die."
The rest of the top 10 on the Americana airplay chart is Jimmie Dale Gilmore, One Endless Night, at #3; Nickel Creek, Nickel Creek, at #4; BR5-49, Coast to Coast Live, at #5; Mark David Manders & Nuevo Texas, Chilli Pepper Sunset, at #6; Todd Snider, Happy to Be Here, at #7; Walt Wilkins Band, Fire Honey & Angels, at #8; Wylie & the Wild West, Ridin' the Hi-Line, at #9; and Claire Lynch, Love Light, at #10.
Meanwhile, Circle, by the Native American band Indigenous, sold 3,453 copies last week, to land at #3 on the Billboard Top Blues album sales chart, switching places with #4 Makin' Love Is Good for You, the latest from blues icon B.B. King.
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble's Blues at Sunrise remains at #1 for the seventh straight week, and still at #2 is the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band's Live On.
Rounding out the top 10 on the blues album chart are Shannon Curfman, Loud Guitars, Big Suspicions, at #5; Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, The Real Deal: Greatest Hits Volume 2, at #6; Johnny Taylor, Gotta Get the Groove Back, at #7; Jonny Lang, Wander This World, at #8; various artists, The Best Blues Album in the World ... Ever! at #9; and Mel Waiters, Material Things, at #10.