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Ronnie Earl
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Ronnie Earl
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Earl playing the 1996 Riverwalk Blues Festival
Background information
Ronald Horvath
Born (1953-03-10) March 10, 1953 (age 65)
Queens, New York, United States
Genres Blues, rhythm and blues, jazz
Musician
Instruments Guitar
1979-present
Labels Black Top, Telarc, Rounder, Stony Plain, Verve, Sledgehammer Blues/AudioQuest Music, Antone's
Roomful of Blues, Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters
Website www.ronnieearl.com

Ronnie Earl (born Ronald Horvath, March 10, 1953, Queens, New York, United States)[1] is an American blues guitarist and music instructor.

Career

Earl collected blues, jazz, rock and soul records while growing up. He studied American History at C.W. Post College on Long Island for a year and a half, then moved to Boston to pursue a Bachelor's Degree in Special Education and Education at Boston University where he would graduate in 1975.[2] He spent a short time teaching handicapped children. During his college years, he attended a Muddy Waters concert at the Jazz Workshop in Boston. After seeing Waters perform, Earl took a serious interest in the guitar, which he had first picked up in 1973. His first job was as a rhythm guitarist at The Speakeasy,[3] a blues club in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In addition to playing in the Boston blues scene, Earl traveled twice by Greyhound Bus to Chicago, where he was introduced to the Chicago blues scene by Koko Taylor.

Later he traveled to New Orleans and Austin, Texas, where he spent time with Kim Wilson, Jimmie Vaughan and The Fabulous Thunderbirds. In 1979 he joined the band Roomful of Blues as lead guitarist.

He began performing solo in 1986, in addition to playing with Roomful of Blues, and he released his first solo album on the Black Top Records label with a quartet that focused on blues instrumentals. After leaving Roomful of Blues, he began collaborations with contemporaries Ron Levy and Jerry Portnoy, Earl King, Jimmy Rogers, and Jimmy Witherspoon.

In 1988, Earl formed his own band which he called The Broadcasters. The band was named after one of the first Fender guitars, distributed in 1950, which originally had been labeled The Broadcaster. The first group of Broadcasters included Darrell Nulisch (vocalist), Jerry Portnoy (harmonica), Steve Gomes (bass), and Per Hanson (drums). In 1988 they released their first album, Soul Searchin, followed by Peace of Mind in 1990. Their album Language of the Soul was released in 1994. The lineup for the Broadcasters for that album was Bruce Katz (keyboards), Per Hanson (drums) and "Rocket" Rod Carey (bass). The next album The Colour of Love, featured Marc Quinones (percussion) and Gregg Allman (keyboards). The latter association led to Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters' opening for the Allman Brothers Band at Great Woods, and to Warren Haynes (guitarist for the Allman Brothers Band) sitting in with Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters at Johnnie D's in Somerville. Later, Katz joined the Gregg Allman Band.

In 2000, Earl was diagnosed with several medical ailments,[4] and scaled back his touring, and also re-evaluated his career plans. The current group of Broadcasters, Jimmy Mouradian (bass), Dave Limina (organ), and Lorne Entress (drums), began playing together prior to the 2003 release of I Feel Like Going On and, in 2009, released Living in the Light, their fifth release from Stony Plain Records.[5] In October 2015, Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters celebrated twenty-seven years as a band.

Earl is a three-time Blues Music Award winner as Guitar Player of the Year.[6] For five years he was an Associate Professor of Guitar at Berklee College of Music and, in 1995, he released Ronnie Earl: Blues Guitar with Soul, an instructional VHS tape that was then re-released in DVD format in 2005. Earl was also the blues instructor at the 'National Guitar Summer Workshop'.

In early 2004, Earl's "Hey Jose" was named Best Blues/R&B Song at the third annual Independent Music Awards.[7]

Discography

[8]

Roomful of Blues

1979-1988

Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters

Studio albums

  • 1983 Smoking
  • 1984 They Call Me Mr. Earl
  • 1988 Soul Searching
  • 1990 Peace of Mind
  • 1990 I Like It When It Rains
  • 1991 Surrounded by Love
  • 1993 Still River
  • 1994 Language of the Soul
  • 1996 Eye to Eye
  • 1996 Grateful Heart: Blues and Ballads
  • 1997 The Colour of Love
  • 2000 Healing Time
  • 2001 & Friends
  • 2003 I Feel Like Goin' On
  • 2004 Now My Soul
  • 2005 The Duke Meets the Earl
  • 2009 Living in the Light
  • 2010 Spread the Love
  • 2014 Good News
  • 2015 Father's Day
  • 2016 Maxwell Street
  • 2017 The Luckiest Man

Live albums

  • 1995 Blues Guitar Virtuoso - Live in Europe (also Blues and Forgiveness is the same album)
  • 2007 Hope Radio
  • 2013 Just for Today

Compilations

  • 1985 Deep Blues
  • 1992 Test of Time: A Retrospective
  • 1997 Plays Big Blues
  • 2006 Heart and Soul: The Best of Ronnie Earl

Guest appearances

Ronnie Earl has appeared as a guest on over 40 albums and projects. [9]I've Got Something To Tell You" - Blues and Old-time Fiddle with Ilana Katz Katz and friends, 2014

DVD

  • 2001 Blues Guitar with Soul
  • 2008 Hope Radio Sessions

See also

References

  1. ^ Huey, Steve (1953-03-10). "Ronnie Earl". AllMusic. Retrieved . 
  2. ^ "Ronnie Earl's official website". Ronnieearl.com. Retrieved . 
  3. ^ "The Blues Audience Speakeasy article". Bluesaudience.com. 2004-03-07. Archived from the original on 2012-02-13. Retrieved . 
  4. ^ "Ronnie Earl Interview by Brian D. Holland". Ronnieearl.com. Retrieved . 
  5. ^ "Canada's Roots, Rock, Country, Folk & Blues Label". Stony Plain Records. Retrieved . 
  6. ^ "2014 Blues Music Awards Nominees and Winners". Blues.about.com. Retrieved . 
  7. ^ "Independent Music Awards - 3rd Annual Winners". Musiciansatlas.com. Archived from the original on 2012-03-01. Retrieved . 
  8. ^ Earl, Ronnie. "Discography". RonnieEarl. Retrieved 2016. 
  9. ^ Earl, Ronnie. "Guest Appearances". Ronnie Earl. Retrieved 2016. 

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