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Ronnie Earl Spread The Love

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Whenever listening to a new release from Ronnie Earl, I am missing the current experience of... more

Ronnie Earl: Spread The Love

Whenever listening to a new release from Ronnie Earl, I am missing the current experience of Ronnie Earl 'live in concert'. I am missing his deeply emotional, moving, and expressive performances. On the other hand it makes me happy to learn that his records are full of soul and feeling. His music hasn't really changed a lot during the last two decades. For Ronnie, a strictly religious man, it is an affair of the heart to deliver his message of hope and love. This new set of songs (mostly originals) is all-instrumental, with a few classics like 'Christo Redentor', 'Backstroke', or 'Chitlins Con Carne'. Excellent. RONNIE EARL - gtr,DAVE LIMINA - pno/B3, JIM MOURADIAN - bass, LORNE ENTRESS - drums.

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  • Interpret: Ronnie Earl

  • Album titlle: Spread The Love


  • Genre Blues

  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 0772532134729

  • weight in Kg 0.107
Earl, Ronnie & The Broadcasters - Spread The Love CD 1
01 Backstroke Ronnie Earl
02 Blues For Dr Donna Ronnie Earl
03 Chitlins Con Carne Ronnie Earl
04 Cristo Redentor Ronnie Earl
05 Happy Ronnie Earl
06 Patience Ronnie Earl
07 Miracle Ronnie Earl
08 Spann's Groove Ronnie Earl
09 Skyman Ronnie Earl
10 Blues For Slim Ronnie Earl
11 Tommy's Midnight Nlues Ronnie Earl
12 Eleventh Step To Heaven Ronnie Earl
13 Ethan's Song Ronnie Earl
14 Blues For Bill Ronnie Earl
Ronnie Earl and The Broadcasters Bluesmen who prefer to let their guitars do the talking have... more
"Ronnie Earl"

Ronnie Earl and The Broadcasters

Bluesmen who prefer to let their guitars do the talking have grown increasingly fewer with the passing of the decades. Ronnie Earl is one of their dwindling number. Considering his advanced chops and boundless imagination, no wonder other axemen are a trifle intimidated.

A native of New York City's borough of Queens (he was born March 10, 1953), Ronald Horvath got a late start, acquiring his first Stratocaster in 1973.  Witnessing Muddy Waters at Boston's Jazz Workshop fired the college student up about his fretwork. He played with John Nicholas and Jimmie Vaughan before replacing Duke Robillard in Roomful of Blues in 1979. Horvath changed his surname to Earl through this period in homage to the late Chicago slide master Earl Hooker 

During Earl's eight-year tenure with Roomful, the expansive horn-powered outfit recorded behind Eddie ‘Cleanhead' Vinson, Big Joe Turner, and Earl King as well as on their own when they weren't touring. During those Roomful years, Ronnie began making his own albums for Black Top on the side. ‘Smokin',' his 1983 debut album on Black Top, featured Kim Wilson guesting on vocals and harp. It was followed the next year by ‘They Call Me Mr. Earl,' where Sugar Ray Norcia did the vocal honors.

Singers became an increasingly a superfluous notion around Earl, who perfected a blues/jazz hybrid approach that allowed him to stretch out on long improvisatory flights that set him well apart from his contemporaries. Earl quit Roomful in 1987 and formed his own band, the Broadcasters, named after an early Fender guitar model. They made their maiden bow on 1988's ‘Soul Searchin',' again on Black Top, and there would be plenty more to come for that label as well as Bullseye Blues, Verve, Telarc and other companies big and small in years to come.

When Earl journeyed to Germany in May/June of 1993 to perform the concerts taped for the Crosscut album ‘Blues And Forgiveness,' his Broadcasters consisted of keyboardist Bruce Katz, bassist Rod Carey, and drummer Per Hanson, who shares writer's credit with Ronnie on Robert Nighthawk Stomp. It's a tour de force, incorporating an array of the late Nighthawk's signature licks before Ronnie veers off on a dazzling excursion of his own. You'd never know Earl's marriage was in the process of ending from the pure joy that leaps from his strings on this one.

Earl has triumphed over substance addiction, manic depression, chronic fatigue syndrome, and diabetes, never allowing health issues to detract from his electric blues guitar mastery. A strong believer in the healing power of his music, Ronnie spreads love every time he straps on his Strat. 


Bill Dahl
Chicago, Illinois


Electric Blues 1939-2005. - The Definitive Collection!




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Earl, Ronnie & The Broadcasters - Spread The Love CD 1
01 Backstroke
02 Blues For Dr Donna
03 Chitlins Con Carne
04 Cristo Redentor
05 Happy
06 Patience
07 Miracle
08 Spann's Groove
09 Skyman
10 Blues For Slim
11 Tommy's Midnight Nlues
12 Eleventh Step To Heaven
13 Ethan's Song
14 Blues For Bill