Ronnie Earl is an American blues guitar player, producer, songwriter, and music instructor. He was born Ronald Horvath on March 10, 1953 in Queens, New York.
After attending a Muddy Waters concert during his college years in Boston, blues music and guitar playing took over an important role in his life. He practiced like crazy, and soon became the rhythm guitarist in a Boston blues club’s house band. Later he quit his job teaching handicapped children, and he joined the band of Chicago harmonica legend, ‘Big’ Walter Horton. In the late 1970s he made his first recordings with Little Johnny & The Rhythm Rockers, and co-founded his first band, Sugar Ray & The Bluetones along with vocalist/harmonica player Sugar Ray Norcia.
When after ten years, Duke Robillard left Roomful Of Blues, the r&b bigband he had founded in 1969, Ronnie Earl took his seat. He played with Roomful for eight years, leaving to work on a solo career with his re-established band, The Broadcasters. He recorded several albums for Antone’s, Black Top, Audioquest, CrossCut, Bullseye Blues, and Verve. Since the late 1990s, Ronnie Earl has been suffering from serious health problems, preventing him from touring on a regular basis in the US, and internationally.
Ronnie Earl continues to perform live in the greater Boston area. He is living near Boston and has recorded a string of albums for Canada’s fine Stony Plain label.