Roomful of Blues, according to DownBeat magazine, “are in a class by themselves.” With their masterful combination of jumping, horn-heavy, hard-edged blues and R&B, it’s no wonder why the great Count Basie called them “the hottest blues band I’ve ever heard.” Since 1967, the group’s deeply rooted blend of swing, rock ‘n’ roll, jump, blues and soul has earned it five Grammy Award nominations and a slew of other accolades. The band has been led since 1996 by guitarist Chris Vachon. Guitar Player says, “Vachon burns with explosive solos and a delightfully greasy sense of rhythm.” Roomful of Blues has always maintained its signature sound by boasting great musicianship and a stellar horn section—featuring tenor and alto saxophonist Rich Lataille, who first joined the band in 1970. Lataille’s masterful playing can evoke either the fat-toned honking sax of the glory days of early rock or the cool elegance of big band swing jazz. The Chicago Sun-Times said, “This is a band on top of its game, sliding easily from big-band jazz-blues to guitar-drenched urban blues...let the party begin.” Their latest album Hook, Line & Sinker packs a dozen hand-picked songs from Little Richard, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Amoz Milburn, Floyd Dixon and more, all given the swinging, stinging Roomful treatment. "Marvelous wall-to-wall grooves, wicked guitar work and brassy horns...things never stop swinging." USA Today
"Perhaps the finest living blues guitarist on the planet." Boston Phoenix. Legendary Blues guitarist Ronnie Earl is a two-time W.C. Handy Blues Award winner as Guitar Player of the Year. Impeccably schooled in the 'T-Bone Walker Institute of Rhythm' and imbued with the passion and soul of such Chicago West Side masters as Magic Sam, Otis Rush, Buddy Guy and Earl Hooker, Ronnie Earl plays his guitar with unerring instinct, channeling and expressing his inner emotional state. He has served as an Associate Professor of Guitar at Berklee College of Music. Ronnie Earl has played alongside such legends as Hubert Sumlin, Earl King, Muddy Waters, Junior Wells, Kim Wilson and the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Jimmie Vaughan, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Carlos Santana, Eric Clapton, The Allman Brothers Band and many others, including, B.B. King, who said about Ronnie, “I feel the respect and affection for him that a father feels for his son. He is one of the most serious blues guitarists you can find today. He makes me proud.”
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