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Father's Day Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters

Steve Douglas,

Titled in dedication to Ronnie Earl’s recently-lost father, and dedicated with gratitude as well to pianist David Maxwell, BB King and other influential artists and loved ones, this CD is tinged with a reflective and
emotional mood in its selection of songs and performers. His ethereally smooth, soaring riffs
and signature guitar tone are well demonstrated throughout the thirteen tracks.
Stellar vocalists Diane Blue and Michael Ledbetter join the Broadcasters (Dave Limina, keys, Jim Mouradian, bass, and Lorne Entress on drums), with guest sax players Mario Perrett and Scott

Shelter, and Larry Lusignan, Tim O’Connor and Nicholas Tabarias stepping in as back-up guitarists on three tracks.
Three-time winner of the Blues Music Award for Best Instrumentalist- Guitar, Ronnie Earl is recognized as a master musician of his generation. Few guitarists are equipped to seize the Magic Sam classic, “All Your Love” with the mastery needed to become the song and take it to its highest level, as he does on this album. Michael Ledbetter is well-chosen as the vocalist for this track.
With Ledbetter’s vocals again, Earl’s guitar, and Dave Limina’s keyboards punctuated by the background saxophones, the band’s rendition of Fats Domino’s composition, “Every Night about This Time,” stands equal to Luther Allison’s version on Love Me Mama.
Diane Blue’s driving vocals power the other Magic Sam song, “What Have I Done Wrong?” Another winner.
Equal justice is done by Earl and Ledbetter to “I Need You So Bad,” attributed to BB King, but equally known by Magic Sam’s rendition, and Otis Rush’s Right Place, Wrong Time.”
The title track, “Father’s Day,” composed and performed by Earl and Ledbetter, is perfection. Beautiful, meaningful lyrics expressed at a slow tempo that brings to mind a New Orleans funeral procession.
Another classic, “I’ll Take Care of You,” is engagingly interpreted through a perfect pairing of Blue’s vocals and Earl’s delicately sweeping guitar riffs (accompanied here by Tabarias).
The album closes with a gospel classic, “Precious Lord,” superbly executed, as is the entire cd.

One of the greats


Any Ronnie Earl CD is worth it’s weight in gold. I’ve only listened to the clips here. I don’t download great music - I buy it in a record store - and I’ll be buying this one. I had the privilege to see him live just once and he floored me. The music just flowed from his fingers like stream of consciousness. You never got the sense that he had to think about the next note, the next lead. He’s a genius and you should skip the download and buy this one in a record store. That way he’ll make a little more money! He deserves it

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