Living in the Light

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Legendary blues guitarist Ronnie Earl's embrace of religion and his recovery from drug and alcohol addiction and depression have all had an interesting impact on his music. One would think that peace and contentment would be the death of a fine blues musician -- after all, the music is supposed to be informed by hard living and despair. Maybe Earl had enough of those during his earlier life to inform his playing for a long time to come -- but it's also true that his current happiness has given his approach to the blues a certain kind of depth that is often missing in the playing of others. On the aptly titled Living in the Light he alternates between gospel, blues, and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Legendary blues guitarist Ronnie Earl's embrace of religion and his recovery from drug and alcohol addiction and depression have all had an interesting impact on his music. One would think that peace and contentment would be the death of a fine blues musician -- after all, the music is supposed to be informed by hard living and despair. Maybe Earl had enough of those during his earlier life to inform his playing for a long time to come -- but it's also true that his current happiness has given his approach to the blues a certain kind of depth that is often missing in the playing of others. On the aptly titled Living in the Light he alternates between gospel, blues, and nearly uncategorizable blends of pop and blues styles. He shines brightest on the slow instrumentals. It's a very rare guitarist who can play a slow blues with real authority, and on tracks like "Recovery Blues" (which also features some stellar organ playing from Dave Limina) and the bottleneck-based "S.O.S.," he displays a lifetime's worth of experience and taste. The rest of the program is mixed, but ultimately very rewarding: he creates an arrangement of Bob Dylan's "What Can I Do for You" that is perfect in every way except for the choir; he whips up an absolute storm on "Child of a Survivor," a song that is sadly hamstrung by a surprisingly limp vocal performance on the part of Fabulous Thunderbirds frontman Kim Wilson (who redeems himself nicely on the Delta-style minimalism of "Donna Lee"). Earl's rendition of "Ain't Nobody's Business" is almost tender, and the album-closing "Pastorale" is simply gorgeous. What it all adds up to is a slightly befuddling but complex and ultimately quite lovely album from a man who has more than earned the right to throw a gospel choir into the mix once in a while if he feels like it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/2/2009
  • Label: Stony Plain Music
  • UPC: 772532134026
  • Catalog Number: 321340
  • Sales rank: 61,177

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters Primary Artist
Ronnie Earl Indexed Contributor, Guitar
Kim Wilson Harmonica, Vocals, Guest Appearance
Edgar Blanchard Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Rod Carey Bass, Bass Guitar, Guest Appearance
Lorne Entress Drums, Choir, Chorus
David Maxwell Piano, Guest Appearance
Dave Limina Piano, Hammond Organ, Hammond B3
Chris Trout Choir, Chorus
Jimmy Mouradian Bass, Bass Guitar
Jason James Guitar, Guest Appearance
Dave Keller Vocals, Guest Appearance
Debbie Blanchard Choir, Chorus
Anna Beth Limina Choir, Chorus
Caroline Poser Choir, Chorus
Allison Vesey Choir, Chorus
Kayla Vesey Choir, Chorus
Lyle Webster Background Vocals
Kayla Vesey Background Vocals
Joe Vesey Background Vocals
Deborah Blanchard Background Vocals
Christine Macfarlane Background Vocals
Chris Trout Background Vocals
Caroline Poser Background Vocals
Anna Beth Limina Background Vocals
Allison Vesey Background Vocals
Jason James Guitar
Technical Credits
Ronnie Earl Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Bob Dylan Composer
Robert Lockwood Jr. Composer
Lorne Entress Director
Porter Grainger Composer
Holger Petersen Executive Producer
Marc Donahue Mastering
Huck Bennert Engineer
Everett Robbins Composer
Rob Ignazio Engineer
Mark Donahue Remastering
Dave Keller Composer
Deborah Blanchard Composer
Holger Peterson Audio Production
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