EDMONTON, AB (CelebrityAccess) — Blues legend Ronnie Earl, “The Stratocaster Master,” has been named as the Best Guitarist at the 35th annual Blues Music Awards and then proceeded to perform live with Kim Wilson, Bob Margolin and Dave Keller.
The award comes as Earl is preparing to release a new CD with his band of over 25 years, The Broadcasters. Named "Good News", the album will be released on June 17 by Stony Plain Records. Produced by Earl, the album also features special guest Diane Blue, who contributes vocals as well as guitarists Nicholas Tabarias and Zach Zunis.
Ronnie Earl has been part of the music scene for many years. Deeply inspired by Muddy Waters, T-Bone Walker and Otis Rush, he started playing guitar in the mid-1970s, performing for almost a decade with Roomful of Blues. He formed his own band The Broadcasters in 1988. Along the way, he went on to tour the world with The Allman Brothers Band, Santana, and playing festivals with Ray Charles, B.B. King and Etta James. – Staff Writers