"I've never been a great
player. I just try to play with a lot of feeling and a lot of soul."
says Ronnie Earl, the Master of the Stratocaster to the Tampa Tribune
during an interview. Although few would agree with his first statement,
the Boston-based guitarist who cut his teeth with Roomful of Blues,
Big Walter Horton, Otis Rush, Jimmie Vaughan, Albert Collins and
the great Muddy Waters, has unanimous approval of the latter. When
Ronnie picks up the guitar, if you can't feel it, the diagnosis
is simple: you've got a hole in your soul. In which case the prescription
reads: daily listening to some of Mr. Earl's 25 plus recordings
or witness one live performance for an instant cure.
As Ronnie describes to Downbeat Magazine (March
1992) "It's soul music," he says about the blues. "My whole philosophy
of playing is to play with soul. I see it in all the music I love.
I love Charlie Parker. I love Ray Charles. I love Otis Spann. To
me it's like breathing. I couldn't describe to you what it feels
like to play, but to me it's the music with the most emotional life,
soulfulness. It gives me that warm feeling that maybe some people
used to look for in heroin and stuff." As the Boston Phoenix says:
"There hasn't been a blues artist able to make the worlds of jazz
and blues meet as gracefully as Earl since swing king T-Bone Walker."
Ronnie's perfection of breathtaking dynamics in
his trademark solos stem from his passionate and uncompromising
style which is always distinctly his own. As B.B. King has said
of Ronnie, " I feel the respect and affection from him that a father
feels for his son. He is one of the most serious blues guitarists
you can find today. He makes me proud."
Ronnie has played for packed houses all over the
world, from Madison Square Garden to the Montreaux Jazz Festival
and all major festivals inbetween. As Guitar Player Magazine once
said, " A guitar player's dream...Earl plays with the finesse of
a Sugar Ray Leonard and the intensity of a Jake LaMotta." Guitar
World Magazine adds, " When Ronnie get's on stage there's plenty
happening. Only a few blues guitarists -- Albert Collins for one
-- generate as much intensity and electricity as Earl does night
after night. Ronnie plays each performance as though it were his
last night on earth."
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