"I feel the respect and affection for 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." —B.B. King
Ronnie Earl's Healing Time, is his strongest album in years. The multiple Handy Award winner is showcased here performing at the absolute peak of contemporary blues guitar craft. On his Telarc debut, Earl captures the deep blues and meets it with the improvisational daring of jazz.
Guitar virtuoso Ronnie Earl doesn't so much perform the eleven tunes on Healing Time as pour his heart and soul into them—featuring Muddy Waters' "Catfish Blues," pianist Duke Pearson's "Idle Moments," saxophonist Pharoah Sanders' "Thembi," for which he has written a new bridge section, "Amazing Grace," and seven originals.
The "boss of the B-3" Jimmy McGriff graces "Churchin'" and the amazing slow-blues workout "Blues on a Sunday." The Broadcasters include three of the hottest bluesmen on the scene: Ronnie's regular keyboardist, Anthony Geraci, who plays on all other tracks, "Mudcat" Ward on acoustic and electric basses, and Mark Greenberg on drums. Jimmy McGriff's drummer, Don Williams, plays on eight tunes. Healing Time was produced by master of the mixing board Joe Harley (whose résumé includes Telarc discs with Mighty Sam McClain and Terry Evans).
Born in Queens, New York as Ronnie Horvath (he took the name Earl in homage to Earl Hooker), he picked up the guitar in his early twenties. After an eight-year tenure beginning in 1979 with Roomful of Blues, Earl formed his own band, The Broadcasters, and began touring, all the while recording on small labels and developing a strong and faithful following. He went on to make eight albums for Blacktop, then signed with Bullseye in 1994. Ronnie released an album on Verve, The Colour of Love, in 1997. His unique sound has always been a hit with audiences and critics in Europe and throughout the U.S.
Ronnie was a special guest on 1999's The Songs of Willie Dixon (CD-83452).