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Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters- The Luckiest Man review   Leave a comment

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Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters The Luckiest Man Stony Plain Records

Bobby Bland’s (written by Don Robey) “Ain’t That Loving You” kicks off this latest blues missive from Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters, and the sultry take paves the way toward 70 minutes of the finest, freshest, and grooviest electric blues we experienced in 2017.

The spectre of the inevitable hovers over the album when one considers that the album is dedicated to the memory of The Broadcasters’ bass player Jim Mouradian. Vocalist Diane Blue provides a haunting interpretation of “Death Don’t Have No Mercy,” one of several notable performances contained on this most generous blues offering. David Limina shows off his B3 touch on “Heartbreak (It’s Hurtin’ Me)” and “Blues for Magic Slim” is a tasteful guitar-based tribute to the Mississippi-Chicago bluesman.

Heading into his 30th year leading The Broadcasters, Ronnie Earl brought back some of the group’s earliest members—now known as Sugar Ray and the Bluetones—to have a “Long Lost Conversation.” Clocking in at more than ten minutes, the ‘give and take’ of these old friends keeps the listener intrigued. Similarly and even more captivating, the even longer “So Many Roads” allows the current crop of Broadcasters to jam a bit on the number most often associated with John Mayall.

Another stellar release from Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters.

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Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters- Maxwell Street review   Leave a comment

Still catching up on summer…

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Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters

Maxwell Street

Stony Plain Records www.RonnieEarl.com

Ronnie Earl has been around. Twenty-plus albums, the last ten on Canada’s venerable Stony Plain Records, has found the master guitarist one of the most revered guitarists producing the blues. At times a little jazzy, often late-night right, Earl and the Broadcasters has consistently released albums of high quality. With Maxwell Street, Earl pays tribute to a past member of the Broadcasters David Maxwell as well as Chicago’s Maxwell Street. As always, this is a largely instrumental collection of evocative music that draws in the listener with exquisite timing and interplay. Soulful vocalist Diane Blue appears—as she has in recent recordings—breaking things up with her sensitive offerings on a few numbers including the album closing “As The Years Go Passing By.” A near-12 minute reading of Otis Rush’s “Double Trouble” is a workout. Key cuts: those mentioned as well as “(I’ve Got to Use My) Imagination” and “Elegy for a Bluesman.”