AllMusic 2015 Year In Review

Favorite Blues Albums -

 The blues was alive and well in 2015, with artists like Gary Clark, Jr., Leo Bud Welch and Sonny Landreth keeping the flame, while new reissues and collections from Clarence "Frogman" Henry, Swamp Dogg and Johnny Adams offered fresh looks at the style's history.
Perfectamundo

Billy Gibbons / Billy Gibbons & the BFG's

Perfectamundo

The ZZ Top guitarist takes solo flight with this collection of Cuban-inflected blues boogie.

The  Complete Federal/King Singles

Billy Ward / Billy Ward & the Dominoes

The Complete Federal/King Singles

All the A- and B-sides of the singles the trailblazing vocal R&B group released in the '50s and '60s.

High Steppin

Blinddog Smokin'

High Steppin

The Grammy-nominated SoCal funk-blues collective gears up for a good party on High Steppin'.

In the Same Old Way: The Complete Ric, Ron and Sho-Biz Recordings

Bobby Mitchell / Tommy Ridgley

In the Same Old Way: The Complete Ric, Ron and Sho-Biz Recordings

All of the singles released on Ric & Ron from New Orleans singers Tommy Ridgley and Bobby Mitchell.

Chicken Heads: A 50-Year History of Bobby Rush

Bobby Rush

Chicken Heads: A 50-Year History of Bobby Rush

Wildly entertaining and illuminating four-disc history of the bold, bawdy soul-blues singer.

A Fool to Care

Boz Scaggs

A Fool to Care

The peerless singer records in Nashville with a crack band and special guests for a program of timeless R&B, blues, and soul.

Stumpjumper

Charlie Parr

Stumpjumper

The Duluth-based singer/songwriter delivers another strong collection of red-blooded country blues and folk, this time with a full band.

Baby Ain't That Love: Texas & Tennessee Sessions 1964-1974

Clarence "Frogman" Henry

Baby Ain't That Love: Texas & Tennessee Sessions 1964-1974

Excellent roundup of the '60s and '70s sides the New Orleans singer recorded in Texas and Tennessee.

Heavy Love

Duke Garwood

Heavy Love

On his fifth solo album, the British singer/songwriter and guitar slinger delivers a darkness-drenched future blues.

Baby I'm Wise: The Complete Ric Singles 1959-1962

Eddie Bo

Baby I'm Wise: The Complete Ric Singles 1959-1962

The long-out-of-print Ric singles from the great New Orleans R&B singer get reissued on this fine comp.

I Don't Prefer No Blues

Eric Carlton / Stu Cole / Jimbo Mathus / Matt Patton / Bronson Tew / Tex / Shardé Thomas / Leo Welch

I Don't Prefer No Blues

On his second killer effort, the octogenarian Mississippi bluesman revels in the heart of a juke joint Saturday night.

The Story of Sonny Boy Slim

Gary Clark, Jr.

The Story of Sonny Boy Slim

Texas guitarist and songwriter crafts a musically and lyrically ambitious album that embraces blues, rock, R&B, and hip-hop.

I Won't Cry: The Complete Ric & Ron Singles 1959-1964

Johnny Adams

I Won't Cry: The Complete Ric & Ron Singles 1959-1964

All of the Ric & Ron singles from New Orleans R&B great Johnny Adams.

4 Nights of 40 Years Live [2-CD/DVD]

Robert Cray

4 Nights of 40 Years Live [2-CD/DVD]

Relaxed but celebratory live album commemorating the blues guitarist's 40th anniversary in the music biz.

Outskirts of Love

Shemekia Copeland

Outskirts of Love

Blues belter delivers another set of vocal knockouts, with guest appearances from Billy Gibbons and Robert Randolph.

Bound by the Blues

Sonny Landreth

Bound by the Blues

After 12 years, the guitarist and his longstanding trio deal out a back-to-basics hard blues album.

I'm Not Selling Out -- I'm Buying In!

Swamp Dogg

I'm Not Selling Out -- I'm Buying In!

Fully realized and funky, a winning '80s variation on Swamp Dogg's trademark persona.

Dynamite! The Unsung King of the Blues

Tampa Red

Dynamite! The Unsung King of the Blues

First-ever reissue of Tampa Red's lively recordings for RCA Victor and Bluebird in the '40s and early '50s.

Tough Love

Tinsley Ellis

Tough Love

On this self-issued date, the noted guitarist reveals himself to be an equally fine singer and songwriter.

Method to My Madness

Tommy Castro / Tommy Castro & the Painkillers

Method to My Madness

No horns, no guests, no gimmicks. Raw and loud, the bluesman's first self-produced album is one of his best.

The Complete Warner Bros. Recordings

Tony Joe White

The Complete Warner Bros. Recordings

Fine repackaging of the three albums (and rare single sides) the swamp rock legend cut for Warner Bros. in the '70s.

The Roots of It All: Acoustic Blues - The Definitive Collection, Vol. 4

Various Artists

The Roots of It All: Acoustic Blues - The Definitive Collection, Vol. 4

The fourth volume of the four-part Bear Family Acoustic Blues series concentrates on the '80s, '90s and beyond.

Wow, Wow, Baby! 1950s R&B, Blues & Gospel from Dolphin's of Hollywood, Vol. 3

Various Artists

Wow, Wow, Baby! 1950s R&B, Blues & Gospel from Dolphin's of Hollywood, Vol. 3

Dynamite collection of rare L.A. '50s R&B from the Johnny Dolphin vaults.

The Roots of It All: Acoustic Blues - The Definitive Collection, Vol. 3

Various Artists

The Roots of It All: Acoustic Blues - The Definitive Collection, Vol. 3

The third volume of Bear Family's four-part Acoustic Blues series focuses on the Blues Revival of the '60s.

The Roots of It All: Acoustic Blues - The Definitive Collection, Vol. 2

Various Artists

The Roots of It All: Acoustic Blues - The Definitive Collection, Vol. 2

The second volume of Bear Family's four-part Acoustic Blues set focuses on the '40s and '50s.

Boppin' by the Bayou: Rock Me Mama!

Various Artists

Boppin' by the Bayou: Rock Me Mama!

One of the wilder, raggedy collections in Ace's ongoing By the Bayou series.

Reaching Out: Chess Records at FAME Studios

Various Artists

Reaching Out: Chess Records at FAME Studios

Excellent collection of Chess soul artists recorded at Muscle Shoals' FAME studios in the late '60s.

The Roots of It All: Acoustic Blues - The Definitive Collection, Vol. 1

Various Artists

The Roots of It All: Acoustic Blues - The Definitive Collection, Vol. 1

The first volume Bear Family's four-part Acoustic Blues series concentrates on the '20s and '30s.

The Bad Times Make the Good Times: Classic Texas Recordings 1964-1986

Warren Storm

The Bad Times Make the Good Times: Classic Texas Recordings 1964-1986

Two discs of swamp pop and R&B Warren Storm recorded for Huey P. Meaux labels between 1964 and 1986.

Don't You Want to Rock? The King & Deluxe Acetate Series

Wynonie Harris

Don't You Want to Rock? The King & Deluxe Acetate Series

Dynamite collection of all the masters and alternates Wynonie Harris recorded for King and Deluxe.