Living In The Light
 : Living In The Light

by: Ronnie Earl

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Binding: Audio CD
Brand: CD
EAN: 0772532134026
Item Dimensions: 4550012575
Label: Stony Plain Records
Languages: EnglishPublishedEnglishUnknown
Manufacturer: Stony Plain Records
Model: 5452918
Number Of Discs: 1
Number Of Items: 1
Publication Date: June 02, 2009
Publisher: Stony Plain Records
Release Date: June 02, 2009
Studio: Stony Plain Records

Disc 1:
  1. Love Love Love
  2. S.O.S
  3. Take A Little Walk With Me
  4. River Charles Blues
  5. What Can I Do For You
  6. Recovery Blues
  7. Blues for Fathead
  8. Child of a Survivor
  9. Blues for the South Side
  10. Ain't Nobody s Business
  11. Donna Lee
  12. Pastorale
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Editorial Review:

Product Description:
This guitarist creates his most intense, emotional and passionate album to date

It's a simple question we ask of each other every day: "How are you?" And when Ronnie Earl answers "Fine, really fine," it's an indication that all is well with his world, and it means that our lives are greatly improved as well.
In standard music industry terms, Ronnie Earl is a bright and shining anomaly. He doesn't tour, he doesn't show up on David Letterman, he doesn't play at rock festivals, he rarely gives interviews, and he isn't the slightest bit interested in what Joni Mitchell called "the star-making machinery."
But he does make some remarkable, memorable and deeply touching recordings, and a wonderfully intimate DVD.
Like his other albums, Living in the Light is a varied mix of blues, soul and gospel, all marked by his distinctive guitar style and the passionate conviction he brings to every track.
It is also, perhaps in a contrary way, a record shot through with love, warmth and very real peace.

In today's supercharged and often cynical world, Earl's attitude to his life, and the way he wants to reach his listeners, may strike some as unusual, but it's the nature of the man.
"I see my music as a way to have a deeper relationship with God, and bring healing and love to the people who listen to it."
Ronnie Earl's searing, deeply felt guitar playing permeates every one of the dozen tracks on Living in the Light, but there are many other surprises and deep pleasures to be found. Nine of the dozen songs are originals, written or co-written by Earl.
Dave Keller, a singer and guitar player on the New England blues scene, sings two gospel-influenced songs - the powerful opener, "Love Love Love," and Bob Dylan's "What Can I Do for You," which also features a 10-voice choir from Earl's Baptist Church.
Kim Wilson, a dear friend, contributes three moving vocals and superbly realized harp parts to the new record. One of them is Robert Jr. Lockwood's classic "Take a Little Walk with Me;" another is a deeply personal song about the Holocaust, "Child of a Survivor."
"I'm Jewish, and my parents were survivors, and I never met my grandmother who was killed during the war. I wrote that song with Debbie Blanchard, my minister, and Kim Wilson put his stamp on it. Unusual for a blues record? "It's the deepest blues," he responds. "It's a story that needs to be told; future generations will all need to be reminded of what happened."
The contribution of Ronnie Earl's Broadcasters is obvious from the first note. Dave Limina's sterling work on Hammond B3 and piano provides a bedrock for the guitar playing, while drummer Lorne Entress and Jim Mouradian on bass are as solid and uplifting a rhythm section as can be imagined.

Ronnie Earl is a thoughtful, gentle man - not always the signature attitude of many blues artists - and it is simply not in him to want to sound either arrogant or glib.
"My greatest love in music is the blues; this is my 'mother music.' And I dig deep - I have no choice; playing, for me, is a very emotional experience. I put every particle of my soul into it.
He is not interested in guitar technicalities; he plays Stratocasters and Nash guitars, but always says that the person behind the guitars should always be of more interest than the instrument itself.
As for defining his style, he can't. "I'm just trying to get into peoples' souls," he says. "I'm just trying to reach peoples' humanity."
With his new record for Stony Plain, Living in the Light, he has done exactly that.

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