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Ronnie Earl

Since his tenure as lead guitarist with Roomful of Blues in the 1980s, Ronnie Earl has established himself as a force to be reckoned with in the crowded universe of blues guitarists. Influenced by old masters like T-Bone Walker, B.B. King, Magic Sam and Robert Lockwood Jr., Earl is a traditionalist and an innovator at the same time, merging old-school Chicago and Delta blues with more contemporary sensibilities. Born Ronald Horvath in Queens, New York, in 1953, Ronnie Earl discovered the blues at a Muddy Waters performance in Boston in 1975. From that point forward, he was on a mission to absorb every note and nuance of the blues

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Sparky Parker: In the Dark

Read "In the Dark" reviewed by Jim Trageser

Crafting the perfect riff has been the goal of every blues and rock guitarist since Jimi Hendrix first began channeling Albert King. Welding a memorable theme to jaw-dropping technique is the surest way for a budding guitarist to elevate his or her reputation. Houston, Texas' Sparky Parker's debut opens with one of those defining ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival 2015

Read "Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival 2015" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival 2015 Saratoga Performing Arts Center Saratoga Springs, NY June 27-28, 2015 While jazz is closely associated with horns (even though there are few instruments now employed at some point across the genre) it was a couple of guitar slingers that helped light up the skies at Freihofer's ...

Good News

Label: Stony Plain Records
Released: 2014
Track listing: I Met Her On That Train; Change Is Gonna Come; Time To Remember; In The Wee Hours; Good News; Six String Blessing; Marje's Melody; Blues For Henry; Puddin' Pie; Runnin' In Peace.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters: Good News

Read "Good News" reviewed by Mike Perciaccante

Ronnie Earl first gained national attention in 1979 when he replaced Duke Robillard as the lead guitarist for Roomful Of Blues. After spending eight years as the main axeman in that group, Earl decided it was finally time to completely branch out on his own. Though Earl had released his first solo disc, Smokin', in 1983 ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival 2014

Read "Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival 2014" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Saratoga Performing Arts Center Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival Saratoga Springs, NY June 28-29, 2014 Perfect weather accented this years Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival, an event that had an eclectic mix of young musicians with interesting ideas and approaches, and veterans who deliver consistently. The weather is always a factor ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

C. Michael Bailey's Best Recordings of 2013

Read "C. Michael Bailey's Best Recordings of 2013" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

For the last number of years I have been devoting myself almost exclusively to jazz vocals. This will be reflected this year as I will provide two best-of-2013 lists: one for (primarily) jazz vocals and one for everything else. Each year, there is more of both released than can be listened to. Vocal ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Buddy Flett: Buddy Flett - Rough Edges

Read "Buddy Flett - Rough Edges" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

It's all in a name. Some names and occupations just go together, especially in sports. Harmon Killebrew, Orlando Cepeda, and Catfish Hunter are all baseball names. Blues musicians have similar iconic names. The Ur-Blues has Eddie “Son" House, Nehemiah “Skip" James, Tommy Johnson, and Charlie Patton. The generation after has Muddy Waters (McKinley Morganfield), Howlin' Wolf ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Roomful of Blues Celebrates 45 Years with New CD & Live Performance in New Hope

In celebration of their 45th anniversary, Roomful of Blues, the jumping, swinging, rocking, award-winning band, have released their new live CD, 45 LIVE, and will perform at Havana in New Hope on Friday, October 18, 2013. The album is a lightning-in-a-bottle blowout, showcasing the larger-than-life vocal and instrumental power of the band. The group has earned ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Roomful Of Blues to Release "45 Live" July 30

In celebration of their 45th anniversary, Roomful of Blues, the jumping, swinging, rocking, award-winning band, will release their new live CD, 45 LIVE, on Tuesday, July 30, 2013. For the recording, the band hosted a three-day party in March of 2013 at one of their favorite haunts, The Ocean Mist, in Matunuck, Rhode Island. They packed ...


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