By Fred Rudofsky, Nippertown contributor
20. Alison Jacobs & Matt Mirabile / Scotty Mac & the Rockin’ Bonnevilles – it’s time for either combo to reunite and play those deep blues for the people.
19. Carrie Rodriguez – it’s time to hear that sultry voice and astounding fiddle from Austin, Texas.
18. Cindy Blackman (with or without Carlos Santana) – it’s time to mess with time signatures in a groovy way.
17. Sam Phillips – it’s time to hear some wry, surreal Left Coast songs.
16. The Stone River Boys – it’s time to get down to some roots rock and country and do some crazy dancing.
15. Satan and Adam – it’s time for a long overdue reunion for some Harlem blues.
14. Stacey Earle & Mark Stuart – it’s always time to hear the best couple playing in music today.
13. Nicole Atkins – it’s time to return (regardless of Revolution Hall’s demise).
12. Charlie Musselwhite – it’s time to boogie to that blues harp.
11. Raphael Saadiq – it’s time to bring one of the best acts from the 2011 “Austin City Limits” television series to our area.
10. Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue – it’s time to give it up to the funk, y’all.
9. Candye Kane – it’s time to hear this blues survivor bring her joyous sound back to the area.
8. The Lonnie Brooks Blues Band – it’s time to bring a slice of authentic Chicago blues to a venue on a Saturday night.
7. Allen Toussaint – it’s time to hear a New Orleans legend playing some of the best music of his career.
6. Iggy & the Stooges – it’s time to restore street cred to the Times Union Center with some Detroit mayhem.
5. Imelda May – it’s time to bring some Irish rockabilly sass to the locals.
4. Mavis Staples – it’s time to soak up the songs of dignity and hope from The Voice herself.
3. Barrence Whitfield & the Savages – it’s time to hear this reunited band of genuises play us out before the Mayan calendar kicks in.
2. Neko Case – it’s time to hear the latest from the greatest singer-songwriter on the scene today.
1. B.B. King – it’s always, always time to hear the King of the Blues!!!!