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.
He launched a solo career in 1988 forming his own band that he called The Broadcasters, named after the first Fender guitar which originally had been labeled The Broadcaster and was distributed in 1950.
With the release of “Still River” in 1993, the Broadcasters would become the first completely all instrumental blues group. They then embarked on a tour of Europe. It was during this time that the Broadcasters released some of their most critically acclaimed work, including “Language of the Soul” in 1994, “Blues Guitar Virtuoso �” Live in Europe” in 1995 and the 1996 release “Grateful Heart Blues and Ballads.”