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Living in the Light

Ronnie EarlAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Legendary blues guitarist Ronnie Earl was born Ronald Horvath, in Queens, New York, on March 10, 1953. He didn’t pick up his first guitar until twenty years later, beginning a musical journey that took him to the sides of some of the most respected and talented blues musicians in the world. Inspired by Muddy Waters, T-Bone Walker, B.B. King, Freddie King, Otis Rush, Big Walter Horton and ... Read more in Amazon's Ronnie Earl Store

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  • Audio CD (June 2, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Stony Plain Music
  • ASIN: B0026UZFL6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,473 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Love Love Love
2. S.O.S
3. Take A Little Walk With Me
4. River Charles Blues
5. What Can I Do For You
6. Recovery Blues
7. Blues for Fathead
8. Child of a Survivor
9. Blues for the South Side
10. Ain't Nobody s Business
11. Donna Lee
12. Pastorale

Editorial Reviews

This guitarist creates his most intense, emotional and passionate album to date

It's a simple question we ask of each other every day: "How are you?" And when Ronnie Earl answers "Fine, really fine," it's an indication that all is well with his world, and it means that our lives are greatly improved as well.
In standard music industry terms, Ronnie Earl is a bright and shining anomaly. He doesn't tour, he doesn't show up on David Letterman, he doesn't play at rock festivals, he rarely gives interviews, and he isn't the slightest bit interested in what Joni Mitchell called "the star-making machinery."
But he does make some remarkable, memorable and deeply touching recordings, and a wonderfully intimate DVD.
Like his other albums, Living in the Light is a varied mix of blues, soul and gospel, all marked by his distinctive guitar style and the passionate conviction he brings to every track.
It is also, perhaps in a contrary way, a record shot through with love, warmth and very real peace.

In today's supercharged and often cynical world, Earl's attitude to his life, and the way he wants to reach his listeners, may strike some as unusual, but it's the nature of the man.
"I see my music as a way to have a deeper relationship with God, and bring healing and love to the people who listen to it."
Ronnie Earl's searing, deeply felt guitar playing permeates every one of the dozen tracks on Living in the Light, but there are many other surprises and deep pleasures to be found. Nine of the dozen songs are originals, written or co-written by Earl.
Dave Keller, a singer and guitar player on the New England blues scene, sings two gospel-influenced songs - the powerful opener, "Love Love Love," and Bob Dylan's "What Can I Do for You," which also features a 10-voice choir from Earl's Baptist Church.
Kim Wilson, a dear friend, contributes three moving vocals and superbly realized harp parts to the new record. One of them is Robert Jr. Lockwood's classic "Take a Little Walk with Me;" another is a deeply personal song about the Holocaust, "Child of a Survivor."
"I'm Jewish, and my parents were survivors, and I never met my grandmother who was killed during the war. I wrote that song with Debbie Blanchard, my minister, and Kim Wilson put his stamp on it. Unusual for a blues record? "It's the deepest blues," he responds. "It's a story that needs to be told; future generations will all need to be reminded of what happened."
The contribution of Ronnie Earl's Broadcasters is obvious from the first note. Dave Limina's sterling work on Hammond B3 and piano provides a bedrock for the guitar playing, while drummer Lorne Entress and Jim Mouradian on bass are as solid and uplifting a rhythm section as can be imagined.

Ronnie Earl is a thoughtful, gentle man - not always the signature attitude of many blues artists - and it is simply not in him to want to sound either arrogant or glib.
"My greatest love in music is the blues; this is my 'mother music.' And I dig deep - I have no choice; playing, for me, is a very emotional experience. I put every particle of my soul into it.
He is not interested in guitar technicalities; he plays Stratocasters and Nash guitars, but always says that the person behind the guitars should always be of more interest than the instrument itself.
As for defining his style, he can't. "I'm just trying to get into peoples' souls," he says. "I'm just trying to reach peoples' humanity."
With his new record for Stony Plain, Living in the Light, he has done exactly that.

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All Shades Of Ronnie June 8, 2009
Format:Audio CD
In my view the greatest living blues guitarist, Ronnie Earl combines flawless technique, a style informed by players past and present (including two of my own lifelong heroes Otis Rush and Peter Green) but derivative of none, and a tone so clean it would in the hands of lesser musicians serve only to expose their limitations.

The most crucial aspect of Ronnie Earl's playing,though, is the justifiably well-documented sheer emotion in his playing, which is capable equally of lighting fires on a par with Buddy Guy and evoking the warmth and spirituality of the man himself. Ronnie is especially adept at what I call "tension and release" blues, opening a track in spectacular fashion with blistering riffs and runs, building to a crescendo and then cooling right down to quiet, sweet single notes.

His music encompasses blues, jazz and gospel, sometimes during the same track and always to stunning effect. I start listening to any of Ronnie's albums and for that hour nothing else in the world matters. My wife would happily attest to that.

For the above reasons, then, the arrival of a new Ronnie Earl release is a major event in the Browne household, and believe me "Living In The Light" is just that.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing evolution June 3, 2009
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Ronnie Earl and the wonderfully talented Broadcasters have taken another step towards music felt as love. The depth of emotionality conveyed here is very rare and makes this release a timeless treasure. Ronnies great clean tone set against the keys and rhythm is unparalled so when you add the power of Kim Wilson magic happens. The production is clear yet warm and the lyrics again go to healing and recovery. The power of this band continues to spiral upward and is worth hundred of listens.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dave Keller shines on this recording! July 14, 2009
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Vermont-based original blues and soul artist Dave Keller lends his talent and time to two tracks on this outstanding effort by Ronnie Earl, including the opening track "Love, Love, Love." This music is a testament and pledge to the transcendent power of soul music, regardless of race or creed, while being deeply rooted in the traditions of all the powerhouses from Stax to Stevie that paved the way for the praises sung by Ronnie and Dave here.

An essential addition to anyone that collects authentic blues and soul.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars IF YOU LOVE DA BLUES? YOU'LL LOVE RONNIE November 12, 2009
By Mundo13
Format:Audio CD
Ronnie Earl is an incredible blues guitarist song writer. I love his music and the way he expresses himself through his music. Just like the many great guitarist of past, Ronnie definitely plays with soul and heart. This CD is very good and I highly recommend it to a true blues lover. Ronnie at times sings about spiritual things but that's because of what he's been through, so ignore the comment about his christian influences. Ronnie Earl in my mind is one of the few blues guitarist that has a true, clean, original sound. Once you hear that strat, you know it's Ronnie bending them strings. I've seen many great guitarist in my time and Ronnie Earl is up there. If you have an opportunity to see him live, I guarantee you'll leave inspired.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Just OK March 29, 2013
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I love Ronnie Earl, but this CD just seems a bit slapped together. Of course, the emotional intensity, the beautiful tone, are all there, but some of the music is somewhat second rate. For me the beauty of Ronnie's music is the pure expression of emotion through his guitar playing. This album features singing and some clumsily written lyrics that just don't match up with the beauty of Ronnie's playing. Of his current CD's, Spread the Love is far superior and older CD's like Greatful Heart: Blues and Ballads, Blues Virtuoso Live in Europe and even Color of Love, will give the listener a better representation of Ronnie Earl's musical gifts. Finally, I want to say, "God Bless you Ronnie for the beautiful gift of healing through music you've given us" Even a less than ideal CD will touch you in a special way. Ronnie deserves to be heard by so many more people.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ronnie Earl's best album to date July 22, 2010
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After hearing a song from this album on the XM radio, I just had to buy it. This is how I first heard of Ronnie last year, and Ronnie has never failed to amaze me ever since I became a fan. Ronnie is one of the best blues guitarists and this album mixes soul, gospel, and blues perfectly. Ronnie's heavier songs like River Charles Blues are the best, and I do admire his slower gospel sounding tunes, but compared to his blues songs, they are a little slow and less climatic, but still good to listen to for relief. I have to respect Ronnie for what he went through in his life with dealing with drug addictions and lossing touch with himself which going through cycles of depression. Listening to some of these songs almost makes you understand what Ronnie was going through, and hes trying to teach us a lesson that no matter how bad things may seem, there will always be someone to guide you, a light that you must fallow to end the darkness. I give Ronnie credit for conveying such powerful messages through his music, as well as having the courage and motivation to pick his life up, and continue to make music rather than make poor life decisions and fight his depression. I think we all can learn a powerful lesson from Ronnie, and for that reason, he is one of my heroes in music, and for someone to be a hero in music, means they really must have done something personally special for other people.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Blues
More of the same great blues by Ronnie Earl. Can't find a bad album by him. He speeds it up, he slows it down, which is my favorite part.
Published 9 months ago by Denver B. Cornett
5.0 out of 5 stars Ronnie Earl Blues
Ronnie Earlis a very fine blues guitarist. I loved this CD with a nice selection of blues styles,
vocals and B3 organ. I would highly recommend this to blues fans.
Published on September 22, 2010 by madmusic
4.0 out of 5 stars SMOKIN' BLUES
I just checked this cd out from my local library
and was pleasantly surprised at how potent most
of the tracks are, since I had listened to some
samples from another... Read more
Published on June 29, 2010 by Gale M. Green
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Winner From Mr. Earl
Well, when I put this in my player, I had a feeling this might be "been there, done that" from Ronnie Earl. In fact, I wasn't too into the opening track. Read more
Published on December 4, 2009 by 6 String Guy
5.0 out of 5 stars Best blues CD of '09
Ronnie's songs/playing can be sedate at times. Not with this CD. Some of the best songs/guitar licks I have heard this year. He has my vote.
Published on October 15, 2009 by J. K. Thorpe
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Instrumentalist
This recording is very well produced and arranged. I would have liked faster shuffles as opposed to having more slow tunes which is what it has. Read more
Published on October 9, 2009 by Sharon
5.0 out of 5 stars Another exceptional CD from Ronnie Earl
If you like "Da Blues" and vintage Stratocaster tone playing the blues, you will not be disappointed with this CD. The music is great and Ronnie is truly an exceptional player. Read more
Published on October 2, 2009 by Craig D. Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars living In The Light by ROnnie Earl
very good songs and as usual, great guitar. Kim Wilson rips his harp and Ronnie plays the hell out of everysong. Read more
Published on September 6, 2009 by Kevin L. Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Another great blues album
A very amazing album, with songs composed and played as Ronnie Earl is used to do
Published on August 20, 2009 by D'agata Luciano
4.0 out of 5 stars Living in the Light - Close
Ronnie Earl has the feel as a guitar player. But not every guitar player, no matter how good they can play, can write good song lyrics. No matter what subject the song is about. Read more
Published on July 18, 2009 by David A. Brienzo
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