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Ronnie Earl & Duke Robillard

One of the finest blues guitarists to emerge during the '80s, Ronnie Earl often straddled the line between blues and jazz, throwing in touches of soul and rock as well. His versatility made him one of the few blues guitarists capable of leading an almost entirely instrumental outfit, and his backing band the Broadcasters became one of the more respected working units in contemporary blues over the course of the '90s, following Earl's departure from Roomful of Blues.

Ronnie Earl was born Ronald Horvath in Queens, NY, on March 10, 1953. He didn't start playing guitar until after he entered college at Boston University in the early '70s and became fascinated with the local blues scene. Developing his craft quickly, he landed a job in the house band of the Speakeasy Club in Cambridge, MA, and changed his last name to the bluesier-sounding Earl in tribute to Earl Hooker, one of his favorite influences. Prior to the name switch, he'd made some recordings for the small Baron label under his original moniker beginning in 1977, first backing Guitar Johnny & the Rhythm Rockers, then as a founding member of Sugar Ray & the Bluetones with harmonica player/singer Sugar Ray Norcia. In 1979, Earl was invited to replace Duke Robillard in the prominent Rhode Island band Roomful of Blues, whose swinging jump blues revivalist sound demanded a jazz sensibility as well as ample blues feeling. Earl spent the next eight years with Roomful of Blues and watched their national profile grow steadily larger.

Meanwhile, Earl also made a few recordings on his own for Black Top Records, forming the first versions of the Broadcasters in the early '80s. He released his first solo album, Smokin', in 1983 and followed it with They Call Me Mr. Earl in 1984 (both of those albums were later compiled on the CD Deep Blues). Still, they were a sidelight to his main gig with Roomful of Blues -- that is, until he left the band in 1987 to make a go of it as a solo artist and bandleader in his own right. A new version of the Broadcasters debuted in 1988 on Soul Searchin', which featured vocalist Darrell Nulisch, harmonica player Jerry Portnoy (ex-Muddy Waters), bassist Steve Gomes, and drummer Per Hanson. Peace of Mind followed in 1990, as did I Like It When It Rains, a live album on Antone's that actually dated from 1986. Released in 1991, Surrounded by Love reunited Earl with Sugar Ray Norcia and also proved the last in his long string of Black Top releases.

By the early '90s, Earl had addressed and overcome his problems with alcohol and cocaine and began to rethink his approach. He formed a new version of the Broadcasters, featuring organist Bruce Katz, bassist Rod Carey, and longtime drummer Per Hanson, and boldly elected to go without a vocalist. Earl debuted his new instrumental direction -- which was more informed by jazz than ever before -- on 1993's Still River (released by AudioQuest) and embarked on a tour of Europe. He signed with the Bullseye Blues label and issued a string of acclaimed albums, including 1994's Language of the Soul, 1995's Blues Guitar Virtuoso Live in Europe (a live album from his 1993 tour originally titled Blues and Forgiveness), and 1996's Grateful Heart: Blues and Ballads (which featured David "Fathead" Newman). The latter two were particular critical favorites, with Live in Europe winning Pulse magazine's year-end poll as Best Blues Album and Grateful Heart doing likewise in Down Beat.

Thanks to all the positive attention, Earl signed a major-label deal with Verve. His label debut, The Colour of Love, was issued in 1997 and sold more than 65,000 copies, making it one of the biggest hits of Earl's career; that year, he also won a W.C. Handy Award as Best Blues Instrumentalist. However, feeling that he was under too much pressure to move more units, Earl soured on the deal and around the same time suffered a bout with manic depression. He wound up not only leaving Verve, but taking a break from bandleading and live performance; he disbanded the Broadcasters and signed with the smaller Telarc label as a solo act.

His Telarc debut, 2000's Healing Time, teamed him with legendary soul-jazz organist Jimmy McGriff. The follow-up, 2001's Ronnie Earl and Friends, was a loose, jam session-type of affair featuring a number of special guests, including the Fabulous Thunderbirds' Kim Wilson, Irma Thomas, Luther "Guitar Junior" Johnson, and the Band's Levon Helm. In 2003, Earl returned with an album of mainly instrumental material, I Feel Like Goin' On, on the Canadian-based label Stony Plain. A second album from Stony Plain, Now My Soul, appeared in 2004, while a third, The Duke Meets the Earl, which paired Earl with fellow ex-Roomful of Blues guitarist Duke Robillard, was released in 2005. Earl's third album for Stony Plain, 2009's Living in the Light, found him reunited with the Broadcasters. Earl and his longtime backing band returned for 2010's Spread the Love, an instrumental tribute to mentors, friends and family.

After a long period of global touring, Earl and band took well deserved some time off. Just For Today was issued in 2013, and featured guest spots from vocalist Diane Blue and Detroit guitarist Nicholas Tabarias. Earl and the Broadcasters returned to the studio late in the year. They emerged with Good News, a collection of orignals and covers that included Blue and Tabrias in the lineup on select cuts, along with guitarist Zach Zunis. It was issued for release in June of 2014. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
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marymcm54
He makes love to that guitar!
marymcm54
omg ronnie is THE BEST
been a fan of duke's forever, ronnies hot ah hell too great set.
oh, yeah
I never heard beautiful sound in my lifetime his he living if so what new
nice
Love it, job well done!
Great music.
. SRV is great but I just now heard this record and get something else. Terry
These two compliment each other so well!
Slow, soulful vocal delivery bright clean guitar playing. I want to hear more.
james.caslin
Nice guy with a mean GUITAR!!!
mmmmmmore PA LEEZE
Blues Guitar IS alive and WELL!
lloyd2542
Lloyd
Just added another to my list of favorites and maybe another I want to see in person.
Saw Jimi
missed on Andre Segovia(clas s i c a l ) and SRV
wow Earl is good
HOLY COW....find My Tears on the The Duke meets the Earl album. You will NOT be disappointed !
these guys r A1 !!!
Very nice! Guitar tone is beautiful
Great Blues I just listened to this track
great stuff...just discovered it
just found out about Ronnie ... great !
I HAVE THIS TOO LOVE IT
xrajala
The best of tonight ...good Job
great gutiat
Awesome work!
SWEET SOUND. GREAT GUITAR WORK
Ronnie is a great musician and a great man. I'm lucky to live in his area so I get to hear him live a couple of times a year.
it's the kind of blues that wraps it self around your gut and then sqeezes you till you can't say stop
Although SRV is long gone, we still have brother Jimmy among many great pickers here in Austin, TX...wish Earl & the Duke would roll some thunder through town someday!
Fantastic! Total energy that will knock your socks off! Very humble person for a superstar!!!
Greasy guitar, Always a nod to T-Bone. The man`s encyclopedic . Before a show we shared adjacent pissor`s ... I shared not a word... passed THAT test! What craftsman!
You couldn't ask for a better musical hook-up. They rock my soul!
costaface30
i was12 years old when i saw mike robilard practice in larry peduzzis garage. he was a teenager. new then that greatness would follow .
rsdance
I saw him at Showcase Live in Foxboro MA and it was the best concert I have ever been to. His music is great but he is also a great performer. I think Jimi, SRV and KWS would all love to play with him. I will go see him again the next chance I get.
mdwyer85
Saw Roomful several times when I lived in Providence. SUCH a fantastic, swinging blues/jazz band! Check them out if you ever get a chance.
Oh yeah, Honey! Spread your love of blues, Baby!! New age is crap to this!
tbutler20
ronnie earl. man! bluesman to the nth. sweet, sweet music
steve95984
This disc is a must have for all blues afficionados . Righteous stuff man!
gefales
I was lucky enough to catch RE & B's in college c. 1988. He and the band ripped us up. My roommate bought 'I like it when it rains' that night and we listened to that album all the time for the rest of college. Glad to find out what he has been up to. His playing is just as sweet now as back then.
i luv it i think its the grovies essential roots of all music made today,the roots,my family The DELMORE S in which my grandfarther founded Lester Delmore,as we speak two this day my uncle Lester (pick) Delmore exersize his given wrights as an drummer...st i l l plays,me myself i love the percussions instument of my choice...Blu
parkerman_us
sick, sick guitar, SRV stands in awe
These guy are SWEET
He is the s**t....man I love his playin RPM
spitzerblu
AMAZING!
This is a great song. Really love the instrumental
twist of SRV and BBK. Percussive rhythm smacks of SRV. Great guitar work
angeleyes136 8 9
such heart & soul....beau t i f u l
Ronnie Earl...a class alone
Just "Wow". Incredible talent. Hard to believe from the brief "bio" description, this guy didn't even start playing guitar until he entered college. Gotta be part of his DNA.
gosmo
A great Blues player can have a conversation with you just by playing. That's what makes the great ones great
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