Blues guitarist Ronnie Earl heads to the American South for a great new album highlighted by a run through Sam Cooke’s “Change is Gonna Come” with singer Diane Blue.
Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters
Finally, a live album from guitarist Ronnie Earl fronting his longtime Broadcasters. Earl pays tribute to influences like Otis Rush and John Coltrane.
Watch Ronnie Earl and Diane Blue perform "I'd Rather Go Blind."
Ronnie Earl, above, and Elvin Bishop get the guitars going on their new albums. Earl’s “Spread the Love” is mostly an instrumental affair, while Bishop’s “Red Dog Speaks” features guest vocalists. (Courtesy photo)
When you’re as good a guitar player as Ronnie Earl is, it must be hard to not just blaze away all the time. The former Roomful of Blues guitarist has done that, taking the guitar solo into a whole new realm of irrelevant self-indulgence. But not so much lately, and not at all on his latest album.