The onslaught of year end lists has almost come to an end, but here’s another to inspect. Guitar World has issued their “Top 15 Blues and Roots Rock Albums of 2011,” and you’ll never guess who’s on it. Ok, yeah, you will: Eric Clapton, Joe Bonamassa, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and other typical list inhabitants. Also appearing, however, are lesser known names like Gary Clark Jr. (check out his gritty 2010 Crossroads Guitar Festival performance right here) and Johnny Nicholas. GW describes their selections by starting with a question:

What is a blues album in 2011? If you believe the gang over at the Grammy Awards, it’s whatever sort of music is being made by anyone who happens to be a member of The Allman Brothers Band. But, to be honest, we like the Grammy approach because it opens the door to blues, roots-rock and blues-rock albums — and it makes for a more interesting and dynamic list that highlights blues in all its ever-evolving forms.

Take look at the complete list right here.

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