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Ronnie Earl

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Stony Plain Records proudly announces the November 17, 2017, release of the latest CD from multi Blues Music Award-winning guitarist Ronnie Earl and his band, the Broadcasters, The Luckiest Man. Ronnie Earl calls the album, “A traditional blues album of remembrance, love, and unwavering resolve to live with faith and gratitude.” The new album was recorded at Woolly Mammoth Studios, Waltham, Mass.; Keep the Edge Studio, Quincy, Mass.; and in Groton, Mass.

On The Luckiest Man, Ronnie and the Broadcasters, both current as well as some of the earliest members, contribute to the new album, which follows the sudden loss of Jim Mouradian, the band’s beloved bass player following a show in January. Mouradian was also a respected guitar luthier, family man and a gentleman. This musical journey through loss and healing can be felt in the hauntingly beautiful “Death Don’t Have No Mercy,” and in Ronnie’s tender tribute to his brother on “Jim’s Song.” Life moves ever onward in the pulse and beat of “Heartbreak,” and faith takes hold in “Never Gonna Break My Faith.” For the song, “Long Lost Conversation,” Ronnie is reunited with some of the earliest Broadcasters and current members of Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, who were on his first albums in 1983, all of whom contributed to this truly being a family band project: Sugar Ray Norcia – vocals, harp; Anthony Geraci – piano; Mike Welch – guitar; Neil Gouvin – drums; Michael "Mudcat" Ward – double bass & Fender bass.

The title of the album, The Luckiest Man, is a phrase and response spoken by Jim Mouradian who always lived with gratitude in his heart and who never wasted a moment of his life: “I’m the luckiest man you know — and I don’t even know who you know.”

Besides the original songs on The Luckiest Man, Ronnie Earl puts his own, indelible stamp on interpretations of “Ain’t That Loving You,” “So Many Roads” and “You Don’t Know What Love Is.” In addition to Ronnie Earl on guitar, the Broadcasters include Dave Limina – piano and Hammond B3; Diane Blue – vocals; Forrest Padgett – drums; and Paul Kochanski – bass. Guest musicians on the new release also include Nicholas Tabarias – guitar; Mark Earley – baritone sax; Mario Perrett – tenor sax; and Peter Ward – guitar.

They say that you can’t keep a good man down and that inner resolve is both heard and felt within each song on The Luckiest Man, Ronnie Earl’s twenty-fifth album and his eleventh on Stony Plain Records. Since 1983, Ronnie Earl has released a series of traditional blues albums, often interlaced with jazz, gospel and soul offerings; however he has always returned home to his “mother music” which is traditional blues.

Ronnie Earl continues to be one of the most emotive blues guitarists today, whose musical voicings deal with loss and healing, gratitude and love, compassion and passion. Indeed, it is those emotional touchstones within his music, which is so beautifully reflected in the swirl of colors expressed in artist Tom Noll’s painting of Ronnie on the cover.

The Luckiest Man confirms Ronnie Earl's status as one of the most soulful blues/soul/jazz guitarists working today. He is a three-time Blues Music Award winner as “Guitar Player of the Year,” a DownBeat magazine winner for “Blues Album of the Year,” an Associate Professor of Guitar at Berklee College of Music and has taught at the National Guitar summer workshop in Connecticut.

Tom Noll is the artist and owner of Creative Bone Artworks® Inc. & Art that Rocks®. For more information on Tom and his work see www.tomnoll.com.

The Luckiest Man

The Luckiest Man
SPCD 1396
Genre: Blues
Released: 17 November 2017
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The Luckiest Man confirms Ronnie Earl’s status as one of the most soulful blues/soul/jazz guitarists working today. A three-time Blues Award winner as Guitarist Of The Year, Earl has worked with his band The Broadcasters for almost 30 years. This is his 25th release.

This album is dedicated to the memory of long-time Broadcaster bass player Jim Mouradian. As Jim would say when he first met someone: “I’m the luckiest man you know — and I don’t even know who you know.”

Hear the lead track "Ain't That Loving You" now:

  1. Ain't That Loving You (5:38)
  2. Southside Stomp (4:13)
  3. Death Don't Have No Mercy (6:00)
  4. Jim's Song (3:00)
  5. Heartbreak (It's Hurtin' Me) (6:43)
  6. Howlin' Blues (4:11)
  7. Never Gonna Break My Faith (5:25)
  8. Long Lost Conversation (10:15)
  9. Sweet Miss Vee (4:16)
  10. Blues for Magic Sam (5:24)
  11. So Many Roads (10:52)
  12. You Don't Know What Love Is (4:04)
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John Emms Reviews
By John Emms
Great playing, good taste and a deep faith stacked high in the blues spills out generously on Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters intimate new album The Luckiest Man.
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Maxwell Street

Maxwell Street
SPCD 1391
Genre: Blues
Released: 9 September 2016
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Ronnie Earl’s release Maxwell Street is named in honour of blues pianist and previous member of the Broadcasters David Maxwell and is a nod to Chicago’s Maxwell Street where blues musicians gathered to play outside for the Sunday market crowds.

It confirms Ronnie Earl’s status as one of the most soulful blues/soul/jazz guitarists working today.

  1. Mother Angel (5:37)
  2. Elegy For a Bluesman (5:40)
  3. In Memory of T-Bone (6:00)
  4. Kismet (6:18)
  5. Double Trouble (11:43)
  6. (I've Got To Use My) Imagination (4:19)
  7. Blues For David Maxwell (8:25)
  8. You Don't Know Me (8:03)
  9. BroJoe (4:57)
  10. As The Years Go Passing By (7:06)
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Blues Blast Magazine
By John Mitchell
 

"The whole album is a delight but the two openers find Ronnie at the very top of his game.This is an album that should be added to the collection of all Ronnie Earl fans and deserves to bring his playing to a new audience."

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Father's Day

Father
SPCD 1385
Genre: Blues
Released: 17 July 2015
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Voted by The Blues Foundation as "Blues Guitarist of the Year" in 2014, guitar master Ronnie Earl and his band return with an even stronger package of music. Added to the spellbinding intensity and soulfulness of Earl's guitar, is the presence of a horn section for the first time in decades, adding another dimension to his sound. Stony Plain also plans to release the album as a vinyl LP late 2015.

The 13 tracks on Father’s Day also feature two special guest vocalists throughout: Diane Blue, whose previous work with Earl created a sensation; and Chicago-based Michael Ledbetter, best known as lead singer of the Nick Moss band. Ledbetter is also a distant relative of the iconic Huddie William “Leadbelly” Ledbetter, whose 12-string blues style has influenced generations of blues, folk and rock musicians.

  1. It Takes Time (5:00)
  2. Higher Love (4:28)
  3. Right Place Wrong Time (7:46)
  4. What Have I Done Wrong (4:47)
  5. Giving Up (6:09)
  6. Every Night About This Time (4:37)
  7. Father's Day (8:13)
  8. I Need You So Bad (4:39)
  9. I'll Take Care Of You (9:05)
  10. Follow Your Heart (4:08)
  11. Moanin' (6:24)
  12. All Your Love (7:20)
  13. Precious Lord (6:33)
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Living Blues Magazine Oct/Nov Issue
By Melanie Young

"Deeply felt and beautifully executed, Ronne Earl and The Broadcasters' 'Father's Day' is an album to savor"

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Good News

Good News
SPCD 1372
Genre: Blues
Released: 17 June 2014
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Ronnie 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.

  1. I Met Her On That Train (4:44)
  2. Change Is Gonna Come (6:02)
  3. Time To Remember (6:10)
  4. In The Wee Hours (10:53)
  5. Good News (3:33)
  6. Six String Blessing (9:24)
  7. Marje's Melody (6:45)
  8. Blues For Henry (7:16)
  9. Puddin' Pie (4:08)
  10. Runnin' In Peace (5:59)
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Elmore
By Brian Cady
"With Good News, Ronnie Earl again demonstrates the musical mastery that continues to garner him both awards and accolades."
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Just For Today

Just For Today
SPCD 1363
Genre: Blues
Released: 9 April 2013
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An almost all-instrumental blues guitar release by one of the most acclaimed guitarists of our time. With The Broadcasters, his band of over 25 years, Ronnie's latest 'live' release shows him to be one of the most soulful blues/soul/jazz guitarists working today. He plays with spellbinding intensity and deep soul and has a legion of fans that await each new release. Ronnie is a two-time Blues Award winner as Guitarist Of The Year.
  1. The Big Train (5:26)
  2. Blues For Celie (9:32)
  3. Miracle (4:37)
  4. Heart Of Glass (6:58)
  5. Rush Hour (3:08)
  6. Vernice’s Boogie (3:32)
  7. Blues For Hubert Sumlin (8:31)
  8. Equinox (8:12)
  9. Ain’t Nobody’s Business (9:09)
  10. Robert Nighthawk Stomp (3:52)
  11. Jukein’ (4:45)
  12. I’d Rather Go Blind (6:08)
  13. Pastorale (6:06)
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The Blues PowR Blog
By Mike Rick
"May just be the best instrumental blues album we've heard"
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Spread The Love

Spread The Love
SPCD 1347
Genre: blues
Released: 24 August 2010
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  1. Backstroke
  2. Blues For Dr. Donna (Listen to mp3 clip)
  3. Chitlins Con Carne
  4. Cristo Redentor (Listen to mp3 clip)
  5. Happy
  6. Patience
  7. Miracle
  8. Spann's Grove
  9. Skyman
  10. Blues For Slim
  11. Tommy's Midnight Blues
  12. Eleventh Step To Heaven
  13. Ethan's Song (Listen to mp3 clip)
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  14. Blues For Bill
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American Blues News
By Silver Michaels
Even within that impressive catalog of his, Spread The Love ranks as one of his best.
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Living In The Light

Living In The Light
SPCD 1340
Genre: Blues
Released: 2 June 2009
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  1. Love Love Love (8:47)
  2. S.O.S (9:04)
  3. Take A Little Walk With Me (7:34)
  4. River Charles Blues (5:46)
  5. What Can I Do For You (8:00)
  6. Recovery Blues (7:17)
  7. Blues For Fathead (3:40)
  8. Child Of A Survivor (9:28)
  9. Blues For The South Side (3:24)
  10. Ain't Nobody's Buisness (5:56)
  11. Donna Lee (5:30)
  12. Pastorale (3:47)
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Toledo Blade
By T.H.
One of the more intensive, heartfelt blues albums released recently, this is a treasure deeply rooted in the soul and gospel. You'll get your soul nourished and come away with a little religion from this album, for sure.
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Hope Radio Sessions DVD

Hope Radio Sessions DVD
SPDVD 1326
Genre: Blues
Released: 14 October 2008
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  1. Intro (1:30)
  2. Bobby's Bop (6:01)
  3. Blues For The Homeless (8:02)
  4. Eddie's Gospel Groove (5:20)
  5. I Am With You (8:13)
  6. Kay My Dear (6:44)
  7. New Gospel Tune (4:26)
  8. Blues for Otis Rush (9:58)
  9. Blues for the West Side (8:42)
  10. Lightnin' Hopkins Thing (4:33)
  11. Interview (10:58)
  12. I Shall Not Be Moved (2:15)
    Note: This is a DVD disc, and will not work in a CD player.
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The Alternate Root
By Reb Landers
With backing band The Broadcasters in tow, Earl moves through the ‘Hope Radio’ repertoire with spellbinding grace and ease even adding alternate arrangements to the set list. The intimacy of the small gathering allows Earl to shine and shine he does.
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Hope Radio

Hope Radio
SPCD 1324
Genre: Blues
Released: 30 October 2007
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  1. Eddie's Gospel Groove (Listen to mp3 clip) (5:07)
  2. Bobby's Bop (5:55)
  3. Blues For The West Side (8:48)
  4. I Am With You (8:15)
  5. Katrina Blues (Listen to mp3 clip) (3:35)
  6. Wolf Dance (8:07)
  7. Kay My Dear (6:39)
  8. Blues For The Homeless (8:32)
  9. Beautiful Child (Listen to mp3 clip) (8:45)
  10. Blues For Otis Rush (9:52)
  11. New Gospel Tune (4:40)
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Penguin Eggs - Spring 2008
By Eric Thom
A front runner for this year's Top 10 list, Ronnie Earl has crafted one his best albums ever in Hope Radio. You'll not find a better way to spend 78 minutes. Promise.
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The Duke Meets The Earl

The Duke Meets The Earl
SPCD 1303
Genre: Blues
Released: 8 March 2005
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  1. West Side Shuffle (Listen to mp3 clip) (7:43)
  2. Two Bones & A Pick (Listen to mp3 clip) (8:06)
  3. My Tears (15:53)
  4. Looking For Trouble (6:42)
  5. What Have I Done Wrong (Listen to mp3 clip) (6:42)
  6. Zeb's Thing (7:27)
  7. I Need You So Bad (8:14)
  8. A Soul That's Been Abused (13:05)
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Now My Soul

Now My Soul
SPCD 1298
Genre: Blues
Released: 1 June 2004
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  1. Blues For J (7:10)
  2. Double Trouble (Listen to mp3 clip) (10:40) Featuring Kim Wilson
  3. Feel Like Goin On (6:40)
  4. Abandoned (7:16) Featuring Kim Wilson
  5. Walkin On The Sea (6:25)
  6. Black & White (5:59) Featuring Kim Wilson
  7. Kay My Dear (8:49)
  8. Maxwell, Mudcat, and Per (4:58)
  9. My Buddy Buddy Friends (3:43) Featuring Kim Wilson
  10. Walter Through Kim (5:09)
  11. #7 (5:49)
  12. The Magic Of Sam (3:50)
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I Feel Like Goin' On

I Feel Like Goin
SPCD 1289
Genre: Blues
Released: 25 February 2003
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  1. Hey Jose (Listen to mp3 clip) (5:12)
  2. Blues For Otis Rush (8:29)
  3. Little Johnny Lee (6:33)
  4. Wolf Dance (6:23)
  5. Mary Don't You Weep (6:46)
  6. Howlin' For My Darlin' (7:44)
  7. Blues For The Homeless (11:21)
  8. Big Walter (5:35)
  9. Alone With The Blues (4:26)
  10. Travelin' Heavy (4:48)
  11. Donna (7:21)
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