Ronnie Earl is one of the most revered guitar players working today.
Earl, along with The Broadcasters, his band of over 25 years, presents ''Good News,'' a mostly instrumental album of spellbinding intensity and deep soul that will satisfy his growing legion of fans who await each new release.
Ronnie Earl is a multiple Blues Award winner as Guitarist Of The Year.
About Ronnie Earl:
God bless Ronnie Earl. And, indeed, God has.
One of the most deeply emotional guitarists in the long storied history of the blues, he goes his own way, acknowledging those who came before, and encouraging those who are coming after.
In standard music industry terms, he is a bright and shining anomaly. He doesn't show up on late night television, he doesn't play at rock and roll events, he rarely gives interviews, and he isn't the slightest bit interested in what Joni Mitchell called the star-making machinery - except, whenever possible, to avoid it.
For many years, he's played mostly in the Boston area, but now he is playing concerts and festivals across North America, and he's working with Ted Kurland Associates, one of the best jazz agencies there is.
Ronnie Earl makes remarkable, memorable and deeply touching recordings, and his latest, Good News, may in fact be one for tomorrow, and generations to come.
It's his eighth CD for Stony Plain, the international roots music label based in Edmonton, Alberta. Like the other albums, Good News is a varied mix of blues, soul and gospel instrumental pieces, all marked by his distinctive guitar style and the passionate conviction he brings to every track.
He is supported by The Broadcasters - Dave Limina (piano and Hammond B3), Jim Mouradian (bass) and Lorne Entress (drums) - who share the spotlight. More importantly, they are the rock on which Ronnie Earl can carve his subtle, forceful and sometimes incendiary guitar solos.
A brief history
Ronnie Earl has been part of the music scene for many years. Deeply inspired by Muddy Waters, T-Bone Walker and Otis Rush, he started to play guitar in the mid-70s. After spending time in Chicago and New Orleans, he joined Roomful of Blues; leaving the group in 1988, he moved on to build a solo career with his own band, The Broadcasters. Along the way, he went on to tour the world with Santana, sometimes playing for audiences of as many as 40,000 people.
"I did all that for more than 25 years," he says, "and nothing is better than one's own home and one's own family and friends. It makes me feel grounded. I have a wonderful wife, I'm close to our church, I live in the country and I want to be in my own home, every day.
"That said, it is good to play, and I'm ready, now, to travel again once in a while, so I hope to be at the right kind of festivals in the near future."
How the blues touches souls
Ronnie Earl is a thoughtful, gentle man - not always the attitude of many blues artists - and it is simply not in him to want to sound either arrogant or glib.
"My greatest love in music is the blues; this is my 'mother music.' And I dig deep - I have no choice; playing, for me, is a very emotional experience. I put every particle of my soul into it."
As for defining his style, he can't. "I'm just trying to get into peoples' souls," he says. "I'm just trying to reach peoples' humanity."