EOY List Aggregate: 2016 New Music: Blues/Gospel/R&B

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Sub-Lists

Some breakdowns by genre:

Ranking

  1. William Bell: This Is Where I Live (Stax) {22}: AJ:13, AS:16, BS:21, BtL:14, Mc:+, Mj:38, TL:31; jjn:+, kx:3, mj:+, npr_p:+, npr_t:+, sl:+ -- AY:5, V:85-90-10, TH:B
  2. Tedeschi Trucks Band: Let Me Get By (Concord) {16}: ClR:+, NoD:15, SS:9; fru:19, gl:++, kx:1, lfl:+++ -- V:153-51-4
  3. Fantastic Negrito: The Last Days of Oakland (Blackball Universe) {10}: Al:19, FB:+ -- V:678-10-1, RC:***, TH:***
  4. David Bromberg Band: The Blues the Whole Blues and Nothing but the Blues (Red House) {9}: NoD:49, Rx:77 -- RC:A-, TH:***
  5. Marcus King Band: Marcus King Band (Concord) {5}: RS_F:15; kx:4, lfl:+
  6. Bobby Rush: Porcupine Meat (Rounder) {4}: PO:40; db:+, fru:23 -- V:333-25-2
  7. Toronzo Cannon: The Chicago Way (Alligator) {3}: -- RC:**, TH:*
  8. Luther Dickinson: Blues & Ballads: A Folksinger's Songbook Volumes 1 & 2 () {2}: TG:11
  9. Greyhounds: Change of Pace (Ardent) {2}: kx:2
  10. Bob Ickes & Trey Hensley: The Country Blues (Compass) {2}: db:+ -- V:539-15-1
  11. Lil' Ed and the Blues Imperials: The Big Sound of Lil' Ed (Alligator) {2}: fru:18, kx:8
  12. Janiva Magness: Love Wins Again (Blues Elan) {2}: db:+, kx:7
  13. Andre Williams: I Wanna Go Back to Detroit City (Bloodshot) {2}: YW:75 -- TH:*
  14. Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin: Lost Time (Yep Roc -15) {1}: db:+ -- [TH:*]
  15. Eric Bibb/JJ Milteau: Lead Belly's Gold (Stony Plain -15) {1}: db:+
  16. Big Head Blues Club: Way Down Inside: Songs of Willie Dixon () {1}: a_b:+
  17. Fiona Boyes: Box & Dice (Blue Empress -15) {1}: db:+
  18. Ronnie Baker Brooks: Times Have Changed (Provogue) {1}: db:+
  19. Tommy Castro & the Painkillers: Method to My Madness (Alligator) {1}: db:+
  20. Shemekia Copeland: Outskirts of Love () {1}: fru:13
  21. James Cotton: Mighty Long Time (New West -15) {1}: db:+
  22. Boo Boo Davis: One Chord Blues () {1}: TG:72
  23. Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters: Maxwell Street () {1}: fru:14
  24. Big Joe Fitz: Shoulda Known Better (self-released) {1}: db:+
  25. Anthony Geraci & the Boston Blues All-Stars: Fifty Shades of Blue (Delta Groove) {1}: db:+
  26. Jeff Healey: Heal My Soul () {1}: ClR:+
  27. Colin James: Blue Highways (True North) {1}: kx:6
  28. Ernest James Zydeco: Automatic Harvester (Jam Rat) {1}: db:+
  29. Guy King: Truth (Delmark) {1}: db:+
  30. King Louie & Larhonda Steele: Rock Me Baby (self-released) {1}: db:+
  31. Karen Lovely: Ten Miles of Bad Road (Kokako) {1}: db:+
  32. Nick Moss: From the Root to the Fruit (Blue Bella) {1}: kx:9
  33. Kim Nalley: Blues People (self-released) {1}: db:+
  34. Willie Nile: World War Willie () {1}: fru:16
  35. Johnny Rawls: Tiger in a Cage (Catfood) {1}: db:+
  36. Kat Riggins: Blues Revival (Bluzpik Media Group) {1}: jjn:+
  37. Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys: Party at the Holiday All Night Long! (Mamou Playboys) {1}: db:+
  38. Duke Robillard & His All Star Combo: Blues Full Circle () {1}: fru:7
  39. Son Little: Son Little (Anti) {1}: db:+
  40. CW Stoneking: Gon' Boogaloo (King Hokum) {1}: db:+
  41. Vienna Orchestra: Where to Now? () {1}:
  42. Layla Zoe: Breaking Free (Ruf) {1}: db:+

Notes

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