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The Best of Ronnie Earl

The Best of Ronnie Earl

The Best of Ronnie Earl

The Best of Ronnie Earl




New England blues guitarist Ronnie Earl has spent his recording career, which began in 1979 when he replaced Duke Robillard in Roomful of Blues, flirting with his own hybrid brand of blues/jazz/R&B, and his elegant solos on guitar always seem on the edge of breaking out into a whole new category, although they never quite do, and he remains an excellent guitar player who suggests possibilities more than he actually reaches them. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, as this collection of tracks drawn from his solo work at the Black Top, Bullseye, Telarc, and Stony Plain labels clearly shows. Spanning 1983 to 2005, The Best of Ronnie Earl brims with joyful guitar leads that remind us that the blues is really more about freedom, deliverance, and breaking loose from problems of constraint than it is about moaning and groaning and waking up in the morning with trouble in mind. Among the highlights are the wonderfully ragged and dirty "Ronnie Johnnie," which features Kim Wilson on harmonica, an insistent instrumental version of "Catfish Blues," and a fiery guitar duet with Duke Robillard, "What Have I Done Wrong." At just over 70 minutes in length, this generous collection makes a nice introduction to the post-Roomful of Blues career of an intriguing guitarist who just might break free into a whole new space one of these times out.

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Product Details

Release Date: 06/20/2006
Label: Shout Factory
UPC: 0826663100617
catalogNumber: 10061
Rank: 103994


  1. You Give Me Nothing But the Blues
  2. I Want to Shout About It
  3. Ronnie Johnnie
  4. I Cried My Eyes Out
  5. Smell Trouble
  6. Catfish Blues
  7. Soul Searchin'
  8. A Soul That's Been Abused
  9. Little Johnny Lee
  10. Ships Passing in the Night
  11. Blue Guitar
  12. What Have I Done Wrong
  13. Abandoned
  14. Off the Hook
  15. Drown in My Own Tears

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ronnie Earl   Primary Artist,Guitar,Soloist
Duke Robillard   Guitar
Bruce Katz   Piano,Hammond Organ
Kim Wilson   Harmonica,Vocals
Rod Carey   Bass
Bob Enos   Trumpet
Lorne Entress   Drums
Anthony Geraci   Organ,Piano,Keyboards
Steve Gomes   Bass
Neil Gouvin   Drums
Per Hanson   Drums
Doug James   Baritone Saxophone
Ron Levy   Organ,Piano
Matt McCabe   Piano
David "Fathead" Newman   Tenor Saxophone
Darrell Nulisch   Vocals
Greg Piccolo   Tenor Saxophone
John Rossi   Drums
Tony Zamagni   Organ
Adrienne Hayes   Guitar
Eddie O'Brien   Guitar
Mudcat Ward   Bass
Kaz Kazanoff   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Dave Limina   Organ,Piano
Jesse Williams   Bass
Jimmy Mouradian   Bass

Technical Credits

Steve Gomes   Composer
Bill Dahl   Liner Notes
Kaz Kazanoff   Saxophone Arrangement
Emily Johnson   Artwork
Jeff Palo   Producer
Paul "Blind Man" Harris   Cover Photo

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