Born: March 10, 1953 Primary Instrument: Guitar, electric
Since his tenure as lead guitarist with Roomful of Blues in the 1980s, Ronnie Earl has established himself as a force to be reckoned with in the crowded universe of blues guitarists. Influenced by old masters like T-Bone Walker, B.B. King, Magic Sam and Robert Lockwood Jr., Earl is a traditionalist and an innovator at the same time, merging old-school Chicago and Delta blues with more contemporary sensibilities.
Born Ronald Horvath in Queens, New York, in 1953, Ronnie Earl discovered the blues at a Muddy Waters performance in Boston in 1975. From that point forward, he was on a mission to absorb every note and nuance of the blues. After a few years in the Boston club scene, he replaced Roomful of Blues founding guitarist Duke Robillard in 1980 and remained with them for most of the decade....