Happy Birthday, Ronnie Earl

Happy Birthday Ronnie Earl!

Ronnie Earl was born Ronald Horvath on March 10, 1953, in Queens, New York (my hometown) changing his name to “Earl” in honor of Earl Hooker.

For me, Earl carries on the legacy of Peter Green like no other.  Few can match the combination of raging fire and soothing liquid tone in his playing.

Deeply spiritual, Earl brings a sense of love and generosity to his playing that carries the listener to unexpected heights each time he plays.

Earl always acknowledges his roots, and pays respect to his elders with cover versions of songs that honor their originators by not copying them; rather, he pays homage by building on the work that they have done, interpreting and incorporating their style into his own, not imitating it.

Among those whose work Earl repeatedly turns to for inspiration, T-Bone Walker, Freddie King and Otis Rush.

Listen to how both Green and Earl approach such songs as:

‘San-Ho-Zay’

‘The Stumble’

‘It Takes Time’

‘Double Trouble’

Also recommended, Earl’s beautiful instrumental, ‘Heart of Glass’ from 1997’s “The Colour of Love”, which he dedicated to Green.

It is no exaggeration to say that Earl is among the best there is and ever was.

Happy Birthday, Mr. Earl, many you enjoy it, and many, many more.  Thank you for the joy you’ve brought the world.

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