Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters

Thursday June 29 @ 7:30 pm, TekSavvy Main Stage, Confederation Park


Ronnie Earl - guitar
Dave Limina - Hammond B3/piano
Lorne Entress - drums
Paul Kochanski - bass
Diane Blue - vocals

Guitarist Ronnie Earl has spent 40 years chasing the blues into the future. Though Ronald Horvath wasn't born under a bad sign, when he turned 20 he gravitated decisively in the direction of Muddy Waters (for whom he changed his name to “Earl,” the better to be remembered), Otis Rush, Big Walter Horton, Koko Taylor and Sunnyland Slim, mentors from the Chicago blues pantheon. By 1979 Earl was star soloist of the Roomful of Blues, a jump-and-swing tentet touring out of New England. But after nine years Earl grew dissatisfied, so he left to establish his own smaller, hardcore ensemble, the Broadcasters. Twenty years on they still roar, as a quartet. Earl’s blues means to be contemporary, stretching the essence into soulful, smooth and progressive territory, influenced by Wes Montgomery or Thelonious Monk. Twenty-three albums in his name, multiple Blues Music Awards, teaching credits from Berklee College of Music, and Ronnie Earl still has that itch to play.