Grateful Heart: Blues and Ballads

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All Music Guide - Cub Koda
Perhaps the smartest move a non-singing guitar-playing virtuoso like Ronnie Earl could make was ditching the lame singers who permeate most of his earlier efforts and go with an all-instrumental program. On this outing, Grateful Heart: Blues and Ballads, he surrounds himself with an excellent quartet of players with David "Fathead" Newman on tenor sax, Per Hanson on drums, Rod Carey on bass, and Bruce Katz on keyboards, and the results are simply sublime. Instead of a bunch of Chicago retreads, we are treated to a heady mixture of blues, jazz, soul, swing, you name it, all of it infused with taste, tone and economy. When Earl burns, the results are jaw dropping; when he slows ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Cub Koda
Perhaps the smartest move a non-singing guitar-playing virtuoso like Ronnie Earl could make was ditching the lame singers who permeate most of his earlier efforts and go with an all-instrumental program. On this outing, Grateful Heart: Blues and Ballads, he surrounds himself with an excellent quartet of players with David "Fathead" Newman on tenor sax, Per Hanson on drums, Rod Carey on bass, and Bruce Katz on keyboards, and the results are simply sublime. Instead of a bunch of Chicago retreads, we are treated to a heady mixture of blues, jazz, soul, swing, you name it, all of it infused with taste, tone and economy. When Earl burns, the results are jaw dropping; when he slows it down, his choice of notes is exquisite. "Welcome Home," "Still Soul Searching," "Drown in My Own Tears" and "Skyman For Duane Allman" are just a few of the highlights, but there really isn't a wasted note on this record to be found. Anywhere.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/19/1996
  • Label: Bullseye Blues
  • UPC: 011661956520
  • Catalog Number: 619565
  • Sales rank: 52,240

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters Primary Artist, Track Performer
Ronnie Earl Indexed Contributor, Guitar
Bruce Katz Organ, Piano, Hammond Organ
Rod Carey Bass, Bass Guitar
Per Hanson Drums
David "Fathead" Newman Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Ronnie Earl Liner Notes
Jonathan Wyner Mastering
Neal Ward Producer, Engineer
Ted Drozdowski Liner Notes
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