It’s fresh biscuit time again. There’s a movement afoot to change the release day to a worldwide Friday schedule. What’s with the Tuesday release schedule in the United States? Why not Monday? It’s the first day of the business week. But retailers don’t want to have to set up new displays on a Sunday night after a busy weekend sales day. So there’s a buffer zone of a day. But Friday works too for new releases because Thursday is traditionally a slower day in retail and gives everyone plenty of time to get the new stuff out. In the height of the CD era, having time for displays was a big concern. There were tons of releases every week, sale signs to set up, and promotional materials to display. Recently the labels don’t send out much promotional material. CDs don’t move like they used to, and in the digital age, titles released abroad on Friday are on the internet by Friday night slowing sales when Tuesday comes around here in the USA. I think Friday is a good idea. What do you think? If you want to read the article on Billboard click here or the link above.
Release day is still Tuesday for now, and today we have a slew of interesting new releases from a varied array of blues and roots music artists. Elvin Bishop is back on Alligator Records with a houserockin’ new disc, Mud Morganfield and Kim Wilson have their tribute to Mud’s dad McKinley – read our review here – and one of my favorite modern Chicago bluesmen Linsey Alexander has a new disc out on Delmark. I can’t wait to hear that one.
Ruthie Foster Promise Of A Brand New Day
Mud Morganfield and Kim Wilson For Pops (A Tribute To Muddy Waters)
Elvin Bishop Can’t Even Do Wrong Right
Sugar Ray & The Bluetones Living Tear To Tear
Linsey Alexander Come Back Baby
J. Blake When You Coming Home?
The Silvertones Silvertone Avenue
Hat Fitz and Cara Robinson Do Tell
Professor Longhair Let’s Go to New Orleans: The Sansu Sessions