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James "Skyy Dobro" Walker’s
Top 25 CDs & Top 50 Songs for 2009


  1. This compilation comes from ONLY 2009 CDs that crossed my desk. There were many good ones I did not hear. For example, of the 10 Grammy nominees, only 3 came to my listening post. (Note: Ty Curtis Band was released Sept 9, 2008, but I did not get it until April 2009. It is too good to go unmentioned.)

  2. I personally reviewed 52 discs for “Blues Blast mAGAZINE” and encountered over 140 CDs in 2009, and most of those were 2009 releases.

  3. I get CDs by: 1) purchasing 2) given to me 3) sent to me to review by Blues Blast Magazine 4) received at WKCC radio station, Kankakee Community College, Kankakee IL

Skyy Dobro’s Top 25 CDs For 2009  Go to Top Songs

  1. The Insomniacs - At Least I’m Not With You

  2. Too Slim & The Taildraggers - Free Your Mind

  3. The Twisters - Come Out Swingin

  4. Shirley Johnson - Blues Attack

  5. Bobby Jones - Comin’ Back Hard

  6. Damon Fowler  - Sugar Shack

  7. Various Artists - Chicago Blues - A Living History (Billy Boy Arnold, John Primer, Billy Branch, Lurrie Bell)

  8. Sean Costello - Sean’s Blues

  9. Rick Estrin & Nightcats - Twisted

  10. Cyrus Hayes & Lady Lee - Mr. President

  11. Dave Riley & Bob Corritore - Lucky to Be Living

  12. Eddie C. Campbell - Tear This World Up

  13. Joanne Shaw Taylor - White Sugar

  14. John Nemeth - Love Me Tonight

  15. Muddy Waters “Live at the Fillmore Auditorium 1966

  16. Quintus McCormick - Hey Jodie!

  17. Laurie Morvan Band - Fire It Up!

  18. Ty Curtis Band - Down on My Luck

  19. Bill “Howl-N-Madd” Perry  - The Way of Blues

  20. Saffire: Uppity Blues Women - Havin' the Last Word

  21. Nick Moss & Flip Tops w/ Lurie Bell - Live at Chans – Vol 2

  22. Joe Louis Walker - Between a Rock and the Blues

  23. Ana Popovic - Blind For Love

  24. Bryan Lee - My Lady Don’t Love My Lady

  25. Greg Nagy - Walk That Fine Thin Line

Skyy Dobro’s Top 50 Songs For 2009  Go to Top CDs

  1. The Insomniacs “Description Blues”

  2. Too Slim & The Taildraggers “Bottle It Up”

  3. Ty Curtis Band “Cherry City Boogie”

  4. Damon Fowler “Lonely Blues”

  5. John Nemeth “Where You Been”

  6. Shirley Johnson “Blues Attack”

  7. Eugene "Hideaway" Bridges "Never Alone"

  8. The Twisters "Kiko"

  9. Sean Costello "Motor Head Baby"

  10. Phil Berkowitz “Tonka T”

  11. Bobby Jones “Tired of Your Jive”

  12. Stan “The Man” Hedges “Won’t Stand the Light of Day”

  13. The Insomniacs (Live) "Stick Around"

  14. Laurie Morvan Band “Good Girls Bad Girls”

  15. Dave Riley & Bob Corritore “Lucky to Be Living”

  16. Muddy Waters (Live) "Trouble No More”

  17. Joanne Shaw Taylor “Blackest Day”

  18. Gary Moore “Trouble Ain’t Far Behind”

  19. Dennis Jones “I’m Good”

  20. Joe Louis Walker "Tell Me Why"

  21. Davis Coen "Country Girl Blues"

  22. Nick Moss & Flip Tops w/ Lurrie Bell ) "Don’t You Lie to Me"

  23. Rick Estrin & Nightcats “Back from the Dead”

  24. Paul Rishell and Annie Raines (DVD) “Old Man Mose”

  25. Cyrus Hayes & Lady Lee “Mr. President”

  26. Eddie C. Campbell "Vibrations in the Air"

  27. Ana Popovic “Part of Me”

  28. Fiona Boyes w/ Watermelon Slim "The Barrelhouse Funeral"

  29. Sean Chambers “When I Get Lonely”

  30. Bill "Howl-N-Madd" Perry "Jack, Johnny, or Jim"

  31. Saffire: Uppity Blues Women “I Can Do Bad All By Myself”

  32. Texas Slim “Three Bridges Blues”

  33. Shawn Kellerman "Big Mama's Door"

  34. Mike Zito "Natural Born Lover"

  35. Monkeyjunk “Small Time Evil”

  36. Quintus McCormick "Get You Some Business"

  37. Rod Piazza & Might Flyers Quartet “Soul Monster”

  38. Cyril Neville "Slave Driver"

  39. John Primer “Blue Eyed Woman”

  40. Paul Mark & Van Dorens “I’m Still High”

  41. Bryan Lee “Too Many Wolves”

  42. Chicago Blues - A Living History "Hooking It"

  43. Jean Shy & The Shy Guys "Unchain My Heart"

  44. Rusty Wright Band “Change in the Weather”

  45. Vince Agwada “Car Wash Blues”

  46. Jimmy Warren Band "Will It Ever Be the Same Again”

  47. Candye Kane “I Put a Hex on You”

  48. Mac Arnold “Cackalacky Twang”

  49. Victor Wainwright & WildRoots "What'd I Say"

  50. Big James & Chicago Playboys “Right Here Right Now”

Reviewer James “Skyy Dobro” Walker is a noted Blues writer, DJ and Blues Blast Magazine contributor. His weekly radio show “Friends of the Blues” can be heard each Thursday from 4:30 – 6:00pm on WKCC 91.1 FM in Kankakee, IL

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