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The Luckiest Man

Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters

Stony Plain 2017

Review by David Bowling

 

Any new release by Ronnie Earl and his Broadcasters is a must listen for any blues aficionado and The Luckiest Man is no exception.

The album is one of loss and faith; both explored within the context of the blues. The passing of his long time friend and bass player bandmate Jim Mouradian has left an imprint on his latest album of music. “Death Have No Mercy is a fitting tribute to hos lost friend, while “Never Gonna Break My Faith” deals with recovery and moving on.

He returns with his past with the ten minute “Long Lost Conversation.” A Number of his old bandmates are along for the ride, including vocalist/bassist Sugar Ray Norcia.

From the opening cover of “Ain’t That Loving You Baby,” he quickly demonstrates why he is considered on of the best traditional blues guitarists working today.

The Luckiest Man is an album of how the blues should always be.

Rating: ****

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