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Best Blues of the Decade 2000-2009

I’m going to go back a few years for this post. The Feb/March 2010 issue of Blues Revue presented a list of the 25 best blues CDs of the previous decade, as determined by a poll of its journalists and other listeners of note. CDs released between 2000-2009 were eligible for consideration. I was one of those who contributed input. To illustrate where my tastes lie, I’m going to reproduce the final list, and then divulge my own selections.

 The consensus list:

25 KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD • 10 Days On The Road

24 OTIS TAYLOR • Recapturing The Banjo

23 THE MANNISH BOYS • Lowdown Feeling

22 MIGHTY MO RODGERS • Redneck Blues

21 JAMES BLOOD ULMER • Bad Blood In The City

20 HUBERT SUMLIN • About Them Shoes

19 WATERMELON SLIM • Watermelon Slim & The Workers


17 TOMMY CASTRO • Pain Killer

16 NICK MOSS & THE FLIP TOPS • Play It Till Tomorrow

15 COREY HARRIS • Mississippi To Mali

14 MAVIS STAPLES • We’ll Never Turn Back

13 THE HOLMES BROTHERS • Simple Truths

12 BUDDY GUY • Skin Deep

11 LIL’ ED & THE BLUES IMPERIALS • Rattleshake


09 JOHN HAMMOND • Wicked Grin

08 IRMA THOMAS • After The Rain

07 NORTH MISSISSIPPI ALLSTARS • Electric Blue Watermelon

06 B.B. KING • One Kind Favor

05 KOKO TAYLOR • Old School

04 SOLOMON BURKE • Don’t Give Up On Me

03 OTIS TAYLOR • White African

02 R.L. BURNSIDE • Wish I Was In Heaven Sitting Down

01 BUDDY GUY • Sweet Tea

 …and my choices:

15 TAD ROBINSON • Did You Ever Wonder?

14 EDDIE C. CAMPBELL • Tear This World Up

13 CHARLES WILSON • If Heartaches Were Nickels

12 JOHN PRIMER • Knocking At Your Door

11 RICK HOLMSTROM • Hydraulic Groove


09 SVEN ZETTERBERG • Moving In The Right Direction

08 JOHNNY B MOORE • Rockin’ In The Same Old Boat

07 SEAN COSTELLO • Moanin’ For Molasses

06 SHAWN PITTMAN • Full Circle

05 JIMMIE VAUGHAN • Do You Get The Blues

04 KIRK FLETCHER • Shades Of Blue

03 WILLIE KENT • Comin’ Alive

02 NICK CURRAN • Player

01 LURRIE BELL • Cuttin’ Heads

You might notice that none of my selections appear on the official list. Indeed, I am told that only two of them received any other nominations(!). Apparently I am out of step…that has been the story of my life. But I make no apologies for my taste.

I would be interested in your thoughts on the contrast between the two lists. Please comment!

About mrtom1

More than a lifelong fan, I am a degenerate music fiend. I was a staff writer and contributing editor for the print version of Blues Revue for more than 15 years, and serve in the same capacity for the excellent new publication Blues Music Magazine ( I have contributed to the newsletters of the Golden Gate Blues Society and the Detroit Blues Society, and freelance, writing artist biographies, liner notes, and all types of promotional materials. I support the Sean Costello Memorial Fund for Bipolar Research ( and The Blues Foundation (, and encourage you to learn more about these important causes. Please support live music and buy CDs by your favorite artists! If you care to submit your CD, DVD/Blu-Ray, book, or other media for consideration and possible coverage, please contact me at tahyslop[AT]

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