Ronnie Earl has been making great blues instrumentals for over 25 years. For the last 11 of those years, he’s been joined by Dave Limina on keys, drummer Lorne Entress and bassist Jim Mouradian, as The Broadcasters. With this newest release, Good News, Earl and his group deliver just that.
Earl had some good news himself when he won his third Blues Music Award for Best Guitarist earlier this year, and this recording lets him show the prowess that let him win that award.
The very best track on the CD happens not to be an instrumental, however. Sam Cooke’s “A Change is Gonna Come” features guest vocalist Diane Blue and her soulful vocal delivery backed by fantastic Hammond B3 from Limina and Earl’s inspired guitar makes this a stirring rendition of this song that is quite possibly the best I’ve ever heard.
As for the instrumentals, they are stellar and guaranteed to put you in a good mood. The interplay between the organ and the guitar on this CD is extraordinary, especially on “Time to Remember.” Entriss and Mouradian provide the solid base to allow Earl and Limina to soar.
For a change from Earl’s usual slower paced blues, “I Met Her On the Train” offers a taste of rockabillly.
“Wee Hours” and “Six String Blessing” are two beautiful highlights of the CD, while the gospel-influenced title track, “Good News” really allow Earl to show off his guitar skills. “Blues for Henry” is also lovely.
For emotional impact, the standout track is the slow blues tribute to the Boston Marathon Bombing Victims, “Running In Peace.”
All of this means that “Good News” is in fact “great news” for lovers of the blues!
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